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LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
Growing New Energy Jobs Downstate
July 26, 2017

Southeastern Illinois College
Morning of July 26, 2017 • 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
B137 Private Dining Room
3575 College Rd
Harrisburg, IL 62946


AGENDA

OPENING
9:00AM to 9:50AM
Welcome and Introduction
Pam Richart, Co-Director, Eco-Justice Collaborative

Overview, Future Energy Jobs Act
Shannon Fulton, Past President, Illinois Solar Energy Association and
Director of Business Development, StraightUp Solar


WORKSHOPS
10:00AM to 11:15AM
Choose one of two presented below.

10:00AM to 11:15AM
What is Community Solar and How Can I Participate?
The Future Energy Jobs Act has made community solar possible in Illinois for the first time.. This allows those who can’t or don’t want to install solar panels on their roof – like home renters, apartment dwellers or those who don't have access to sun – to “subscribe” to a solar project at a local church, school, or business. Are you interested in starting a community solar project, or participating in one?  Then be sure to attend this workshop.

Workshop Leader
Michelle Knox, Member, Illinois Solar Energy Association and Founder and Owner, WindSolarUSA

10:00AM to 11:15AM
What is Illinois Solar for All?  Why is it important?
The Illinois Solar for All program will bring solar energy, job training and jobs to economically-disadvantaged communities.  It has a sustainable source of funding and includes requirements for a community engagement process between developers and community stakeholders and funding for community-based organizations to engage in grassroots education about the program. Solar for All promises to deliver the benefits of solar to the customers in Illinois who stand to gain the most.

Workshop Leaders
Erica Mackie, P.E., Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, GRID Alternatives.

Shannon Fulton, Past President, Illinois Solar Energy Association and Director of Business Development, StraightUp Solar


WORKSHOPS
11:30 AM to 12:30PM
Choose one of three presented below.

11:30AM to 12:30PM
How to Work with Rural Electric Cooperatives
Municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives were exempted from the provisions of the Future Energy Jobs Act.  What does this mean for distributed generation facilities, community solar, or utility-scale solar projects? What can consumers or solar developers do to encourage projects outside Ameren and ComEd Territory?

Workshop Leader
Michelle Knox, Member, Illinois Solar Energy Association and Founder and Owner, WindSolarUSA

3:30PM to 4:30PM
I have a project in mind.  What do I need to know to build it?
This workshop is intended to provide more details on what you need to know to get a community- or municipal-scale project built.  The Future Energy Jobs Act is expected to begin rolling out its incentives and programs this fall, and there is much that can be done to be "solar ready".  Don't yet have a project but are interested in developing one?Then come learn about criteria for siting and what to do to move forward with a successful build.

Workshop Leader
Shannon Fulton, Past President, Illinois Solar Energy Association and Director of Business Development, StraightUp Solar

11:30AM to 12:30PM
How do I get into the solar field, and what qualifications do I need to have?
If you are thinking about a career shift into solar, this is the workshop for you.  Professions include installers, but also project developers; system designers; software engineers; sales and marketing professionals; and many more. Find out about required certification and training.

Workshop Leader
Aur Beck, Member, Illinois Solar Energy Association  and Founder and Chief Technician, Advanced Energy Solutions Group, Inc.

 

CAN'T MAKE IT ON JULY 26TH?

Then join us for an identical program at John A. Logan College the afternoon of July 25!
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