Rockford hits a triple with solar

From press release

Interest in solar photovoltaic (PV) energy has increased significantly in Illinois. According to the IREC Solar Market Trends Report 2010, Illinois installed 1.7 megawatts (MW) of solar PV systems in 2009, up from 0.4 MW in 2008 and is now in 18th place among U.S. states.  A MW can provide power for about 200 Illinois homes a year.

To meet this growing demand for solar PV, Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) is offering a 40-hour solar PV training workshop that begins this week. The training will be hosted at Comprehensive Community Solutions, Inc., in Rockford, and is taught by Applied Professional Training (APT).

Students will participate in classroom learning Monday through Wednesday, with a hands-on lab Thursday and Friday.  The Electronics Technicians Association (ETA) Alternative Energy Level 1 Certification exam will be proctored Friday afternoon.  Students will also be registered to take the NABCEP PV entry level exam.

ISEA, Comprehensive Community Solutions, YouthBuild Lake County, and APT have recently entered into an agreement to conduct training programs in renewable energy to low- and very-low-income youth participating in YouthBuild programs. The goal is for this program to launch in late 2010 or early 2011.  ISEA is seeking business partners who can provide entry-level jobs or internship opportunities to newly-trained installers.

Rockford has recently become a hub for solar with the grand opening of Wanxiang, a solar panel manufacturing plant, as well as the announcement of an up to 62 MW Rockford solar project. ISEA is excited to add to the momentum by providing another component to solar growth, the professionally trained installer.

Illinois Solar Energy Association is a non-profit organization that promotes the widespread application of renewable energy through education and advocacy. As the Illinois chapter of the American Solar Energy Society, we are the local resource for educational classes, events, renewable energy related-policy developments, local news and access to local renewable energy vendors.

Everyone is invited to attend the Illinois Solar Tour Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a free, self-guided, statewide event to provide an opportunity for home and business owners to learn how well solar works in Illinois.  Visit

From the Aug. 25-31, 2010 issue

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