News & Announcements

  • 21 May 2015 2:31 PM | Anonymous

    ISEA rocked Earth Month and beyond! Since the beginning of April, ISEA volunteers and Solar Ambassadors, Policy Committee and Staff have participated in over 30 events!


    ISEA Solar Ambassadors have supported and participated in over 20 events and educated an estimated 2,195 people on the advantages of being powered by the sun! Solar Ambassadors are ISEA members who advocate for solar energy and engage with the public to increase awareness, understanding, support and use of clean energy. The Solar Ambassadors spread the word about the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill at all of these events.

    Carrie Woodruff is a ISEA Solar Ambassador


    The ISEA Policy Committee teamed up with the Solar Ambassadors to host six Legislative Solar Socials at homes powered by solar this spring. Attendees had the opportunity to meet Illinois Clean Jobs Bill co-sponsors, view a solar installation and learn about the benefits of living with renewable energy! ISEA held events in Evanston, Chicago, Joliet, West Chicago, Wilmette and Champaign.


    Representative Carol Ammons at a Legislative Solar Social


    Over 50 ISEA business and individual members turned out for Solar Lobby Day On May 6th!   ISEA staff delivered Illinois Clean Jobs letters of support to legislators from their constituents. For more reflections on Lobby Day, click here.


    Solar Lobby Day in Springfield


    We are now gearing up for a busy summer with more public events and Legislative Solar Socials. Keep an eye on our events calendar for happenings in your part of the state!

    If you would like to sign a letter of support for the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill, you can do so here.

    Thank you to all who made ISEA’s Spring Legislative Solar Socials successful!



    Senator John Cullerton

    Senator Pat McGuire

    Representative Carol Ammons

    Representative Laura Fine

    Representative Mike Fortner

    Representative Robyn Gabel

    Representative Lawrence M. Walsh Jr


    Social Host Sites

    The Bullock Family

    The Carrington Family

    Beth and Harry Drucker

    Lisa and Ron Elkins

    The Lorch Family

    The Willenbrock Family


    ISEA Policy Leads

    Lisa Albrecht

    Shannon Fulton

    Will Kenworthy

    Kacie Stanley


    Site Installers

    Earth Wind and Solar- John Caravette

    Juhl Energy -Mike Johnson

    New Prairie Construction – Julie Vogel

    Solar Service Inc – Brandon Leavitt and Joe Gordon


    ISEA Staff

    Patrick Dodge

    Taylor Gendel

    Lucas Kappel

  • 19 May 2015 3:40 PM | Anonymous

    The ISEA Policy Committee has scored a win for homeowners participating in the IPA procurement! The committee worked to educate the IPA on the financial burden that an overly strict Revenue Grade Meter requirement would cause homeowners. Systems under 10kW will now be permitted to use their inverter for performance data. 

    Details about the Metering Standards are housed on the IPA website.


    Thank you to this group of dedicated volunteers who work to ensure that Illinois business and residents have clear and fair opportunities to participate in the clean energy economy.

  • 30 Apr 2015 11:31 AM | Anonymous

    Last night's policy webinar is now up and available to view.

    This webinar discussed the details of the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill and how this new RPS will grow the Illinois clean energy economy.

    You can view the recording here.

  • 11 Apr 2015 2:51 PM | Anonymous
    SRECTrade hosted a webinar on April 7th, 2015 for installers and system owners interested in participating in the upcoming Illinois Supplemental Photovoltaic Procurement Program. The webinar covered the basic rules of the program, registering a system with SRECTrade, and submitting a bid for the upcoming solicitation.

    The webinar allowed solar installers active in the state of Illinois to join us to learn how existing and future clients can participate in the Supplemental Photovoltaic Procurement Program. 

    Here is the recording of the webinar.

  • 10 Apr 2015 1:01 PM | Anonymous
    ISEA will be hosting a series of Legislative Solar Socials in April and May at solar homeowners residences to spread the word about the Illinois Clean Jobs bill! This event will function like a Town Hall Meeting with the additional benefit for attendees to have the opportunity to view a solar installation and learn about the benefits of living with renewable energy! Illinois legislators will be present at each!
    • Wilmette: Saturday, April 18th, 10am-11:30am with Representative Laura Fine
    • West Chicago: Saturday, April 25th 11am-12:30pm with Representative Mike Fortner
    • Joliet: Saturday: May 2nd 11am-12:30pm with Representative Lawrence M. Walsh Jr.
    • Evanston: Saturday, May 9th 11am-12:30pm with Representative Robyn Gabel
    • Wauconda: Saturday, May 9th 11am-12:30pm with Senator Pamela Althoff
    • Champaign: Saturday, May 16th 11am- 12:30pm with Representative Carol Ammons
    Come out and learn more about the Clean Jobs bill and show your support!

  • 09 Apr 2015 2:48 PM | Anonymous

    The Chicago Infrastructure Trust is interested in installing solar PV systems on City, Sister Agency, and other municipal and not-for-profit partners' properties, and are commencing an Open Bidding Process following the recent submission of an unsolicited proposal.

    Any party that wishes to offer its proposal for a solar PV and/or community solar PV project is invited to do so at by April 17, 2015 at 9 AM CT.

    For more information about the project and detailed guidance on proposals for this Open Bidding Process, please click here.

  • 24 Mar 2015 5:13 PM | Anonymous

    Six Illinois Community Colleges are adding solar to their rooftops this summer as part of the Illinois Green Economy Network’s Bulk Solar Program. The Request for Proposals for the IGEN BULK SOLAR PROCUREMENT AND INSTALLATION portion of the project is open until March 30th at 2pm CST.

    The IGEN Bulk Solar Program aims to reduce the overall installation cost of ballasted rooftop or ground mounted solar photovoltaic systems for IGEN colleges. Cost savings are achieved by standardizing designs into 25 KW DC blocks utilizing a single module type, single inverter brand, and standard mounting system as developed by a single central Construction Manager, StraightUp Solar. Solar component procurement and installation is to be accomplished by a single Solar Contractor serving all participating colleges at one single IGEN negotiated price (exception: ground mounted systems are permitted an upcharge due to anticipated higher costs). Local electrical interconnection from the DC Array Junction Box through one or more inverters to each college’s local utility grid will be accomplished by a local Electrical Contractor independently solicited and selected by each college. The Construction Manager coordinates all procurement and installation schedules through operational production, overseeing all work as IGEN’s and each college’s technical and quality control expert. This project specifies a total of 225 KW DC of installation effort at six (6) individual community college sites. All solar designs expressed in the RFP are engineered to integrate energy output data into IGEN’s existing Lucid Building OS Dashboard system at no additional cost to the Colleges.

    Sealed proposals shall be addressed to Mike Thomas, Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville, IL. All sealed proposals must contain 3 hard copies be received by Southwestern Illinois College by Monday, March 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm.
  • 05 Feb 2015 6:26 PM | Anonymous

    ISEA is part of the newly formed Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition which is bringing together environmental organizations, businesses and labor to create a clean energy economy in Illinois!  This group will urge lawmakers to pass new standards for energy efficiency and renewable energy that will create tens of thousands of new jobs. 


    Read the full story of the coalition's launch in the Tribune here.

  • 17 Dec 2014 12:34 PM | Anonymous

    In early 2015 SunShot plans to announce a  $45 million funding opportunity to bring new solar technologies to market and improve solar manufacturing. Historically, funding opportunities in our technology to market focus area have been separated by stage of technology development (e.g., Incubator, SolarMaT, and SUNPATH). In the interest of optimizing the application and selection process, all three funding programs are now combined into one, with the goal of quickly bringing disruptive innovation to the solar industry that will take root in the U.S.  In order to provide ample time to consider applying for this funding, this week SunShot issued a notice of intent for a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “SunShot Incubator 10, SolarMaT 3, SUNPATH 2.” 

    SunShot anticipates this FOA will be open to any for-profit business with a product or solution that directly and significantly impacts at least one of the following SunShot Initiative goals:

    • Achieve the 2020 cost target of $0.06 per kilowatt hour or beyond;
    • Expand domestic solar manufacturing and supply chain value to be commensurate with the level of domestic deployment;
    • Expand the domestic market for solar to be a significant fraction (tens of percent) of our nation's electricity generating capacity;
    • Enable the integration of hundreds of gigawatts of solar on the nation's grid.

    Please stay tuned in early 2015 for the official FOA and check out the website frequently for new information on this and other funding opportunities.

  • 26 Nov 2014 10:13 AM | Anonymous





    The Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) is a 501-c-3 organization established on April 30, 1979. The ISEA currently has a thirteen (13) member Board of Directors (BOD) of whom four Directors serve as Officers - President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Officers are elected for one-year terms by the Board of Directors.


    The education and advocacy of solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy to the people of Illinois.



    As representatives of the membership of ISEA, the Board of Directors (Board) is the primary force advancing ISEA's fulfillment of service to its membership, to ISEA as a single entity, and to the nonprofit community at large.


    Directors bring a diversity of talents and capabilities to the ISEA, as well as a passion to materially fulfill its mission.

    ISEA is seeking Directors who represent various aspects of the solar, wind and other renewable energy fields, as well as individuals in potentially impacted industries, such as legal, finance, education, environment, real estate, and manufacturing.  Candidates should have innate leadership, management, and well- developed interpersonal skills, as well as patience and good humor, and be able to participate in and sustain collaborative group efforts.

    Election candidates must be ISEA members to be eligible for a Director position.  The Candidate can be an Individual, Senior/Student or Family Member or part of a Business Member category.  


    ISEA Directors are expected to lend their knowledge, skills and abilities to assist ISEA in executing its mission through fundraising, advocacy, education, marketing and related activities. Fundraising, through direct or leverage actions, is key to the continued growth and success of ISEA. The role of each Director is to serve a two-year term by leading, advising, and supporting the activities of ISEA.  Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Attend all Board meetings prepared to further the success of ISEA and to support the ISEA’s mission and goals.
    • Monitor and mentor standing Committees as assigned and on an as-needed basis providing advice, encouragement and voice for the Committee to the Board.
    • Identify and nominate candidates for vacant Board positions.
    • Accept special assignments designated by the President.
    • Remain current on the activities of ISEA by following its publications (includes electronic, print and virtual), issues and interests.
    • Remain current on issues affecting the non-profit sector as it relates to the mission of the Association, its members and community at large.
    • Inform the Board and remain proactive to assist ISEA with supporting its members and enhancing its funding sources.
    • Act as a role model, change agent and professional exemplar.



    1. Planning

    • Approve ISEA’s mission and review management (Board & ED) performance in achieving it. 
    • Annually review and approve the ISEA strategic plan and budget.

    2. Organization

    • Work with the Executive Director to create a strategic direction for the Association and to set short and long term goals.
    • Ensure management continuity is properly provided.
    • Approve appropriate compensation and benefit policies and practices.
    • Identify candidates and determine the eligibility of candidates for the nomination of officers and directors.
    • Actively participate in Board meetings and on Committee assignments.
    • Support sponsoring donor and community-building events as designated by the Board.
    • Identify potential funding sources and serve as an ambassador to secure organizational funding.
    • Annually evaluate the performance of staff and determine any bonus awards or increases in salary.
    • Be an active member of both ISEA and American Solar Energy Society (ASES).
    • Annually review the performance of the Board and take steps (including recommendation for its composition, organization, and responsibilities) to improve its performance.

    3. Operations

    • Review results achieved by management in comparison to ISEA’s mission, program plans, and strategic plan, as well as similar metrics for like organizations.
    • Ascertain that the financial structure of the ISEA is adequate for its current needs and the implementation of the strategic plan by approving an annual budget.
    • Provide advice, comments, and direction to the members of the Board and Executive Director.
    • Approve major actions of ISEA, such as capital expenditures on all projects over authorized limits and major changes in programs, services, office location, etc.
    • Review monthly and annual financial results for the organization and ensure, through the oversight of the Finance Committee, that reports are accurate and in accordance with accepted accounting principles.


    Board members serve a two-year term.  In-person BOD meetings occur monthly for two hours in the evening.  Members will be required to travel to in-person meetings and efforts will be made to hold meetings in an equally-agreeable location to limit travel as much as possible.  Conference call meetings are also occasionally hosted. Additional meetings (i.e committee, or special circumstance) may be scheduled with advance notice. 


    There will be four Director positions open for re-election. These Directors will serve two years - 2015 and 2016.  Candidates are requested to submit their candidacy announcement in an email to to the attention of David Brochu, ISEA Board Secretary.  In the email response please state the candidate’s name, affiliation (if any) and contact information, as well as a maximum of 125 words supporting her/his bid for candidacy.  Electronic submissions of candidacy will be accepted until 12 PM, local time on December 10, 2014.

    Candidates will also have the opportunity to announce their candidacy during the ISEA Annual Membership Meeting, which will take place on Saturday December 10, 2014, 6 PM,  Emmett’s Brewing Company in Palatine, IL, 110 N Brockway St, Palatine, IL 60067.  Such candidates may also wish to prepare a written statement of their candidacy so that ISEA may publish it for voters' benefit during the election.  Nominations in person will be accepted until the close of the meeting.  



    Voting will occur by electronic ballot and emailed on December 16, 2014 to all ISEA members in current good standing as of Dec. 10, 2014.  Responses will be due by 12 noon on December 23, 2014 in order to be counted.  Votes will be tallied, elected persons privately notified, and results publicized on the ISEA website prior to the January 2015 ISEA Board of Directors meeting.

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