Illinois Solar Energy Association offers ‘Solar 101’ workshops

The Illinois Solar Energy Association, a 501-c-3 organization dedicated to educating the public about solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy, will be conducting workshops around the Chicago metropolitan area this spring and summer. The workshops, called Solar 101, will provide comprehensive and generic information about how solar energy can be used. The workshops will be held primarily on Saturday mornings, and are designed for the following audiences:

Home and business owners, and decision-makers for public and non-profit facilities who are considering solar energy systems for their buildings.

Architects, engineers, Realtors, developers, contractors, government officials and other professionals who are seeking basic information about solar energy systems.

The workshop will cover a basic overview of how solar energy systems work in Illinois, the types of systems that provide heating, hot water, cooling and electricity, how to choose between different types of systems, economics and regulatory issues. For information about dates, locations, costs and registration, contact the Illinois Solar Energy Association at, 708-524-0799, 630-260-0424 or go to the Web site at

From the March 22-28, 2006, issue

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