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Michelle Knox
Founder and Director
WindSolar USA

Shannon Fulton
Director of Business Development
StraightUp Solar

Ingrid Schwingler
Policy and Regulatory Work
GRID Alternatives

Aur Beck
Founder and Chief Technician
AES Solar

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Illinois Opens Doors to Community Solar

Follow-up forums on creating new energy jobs in southern Illinois


July 25, 2017 • 1:00pm to 4:30pm, John A. Logan College
July 26, 2017 • 9:00am to 12:30pm, Southeastern Illinois College

This is the second round of meetings in southern Illinois, and will build on information relayed this past June.  Handouts and slide presentations from the June forums are available for free. If you would like to have a copy, contact Pam Richart at 217.607.1948 or prichart@ecojusticecollaborative.org.

July workshops will feature experts in community solar and the Solar for All program; present case studies; explore paths toward initiating renewable energy projects locally, including community solar; and discuss opportunities for entering the solar field. Here’s what we’re proposing:
Workshop I – What is community solar and what are its benefits?
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 / Founder and Owner, WindSolar USA
Workshop II – How to work with municipal utilities and 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-sale 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 / Founder and Owner, WindSolar USA
Workshop III – What is the Solar for All program, and 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 – Ingrid Schwingler, Policy and Regulatory Work, GRID Alternatives; and
Shannon Fulton, Past President, Illinois Solar Energy Association / Director of Business Development, StraightUp Solar
Work Shop IV – I have a project in mind.  What do I need to know to get it in the ground?
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 / Director of Business Development, StraightUp Solar
Workshop V – 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 / Founder and Chief Technician, Advanced Energy Solutions Group, Inc.
We’ll also provide a brief overview of the benefits of the Future Energy Jobs Act in order to frame each workshop.
Please RSVP.  It helps to know in advance how many people are attending so that we can ensure we have the appropriate space.  Workshops are free.  REGISTER HERE.  If you have questions, contact Pam or Lan at 217.607.1948 or 773.556.3417 (cell).    
And, please share this email widely.  Remember, the Future Energy Jobs Act will bring over 3,000 MW of  new solar energy and 1350 MW of wind on line by 2030. This, along with increased incentives for energy efficiency, will create tens of thousands of jobs, spark up to $15 billion in wind and solar development, and deliver more than $4 billion in consumer savings.
We want to see southern Illinois benefit.  Don’t you?


Tuesday Afternoon, July 25, 2017 
1:00pm to 4:30pm (doors open at 12:30pm)
John A. Logan College Conference Center
Room 103
700 Logan College Road
Carterville, IL 62918

Wednesday Morning, July 26, 2017 
9am to 12:30pm (doors open at 8:30am)
Southeastern Illinois College 
B137 Private Dining Room
3575 College Rd
Harrisburg, IL 62946

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Prairie Rivers Network ● Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter

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