Thursday, February 11, 2010

Free Summit: Renewable Energy in the Public Sector


With a nationwide movement to develop renewable energy projects,
sustainable buildings, and green jobs coupled with Illinois Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolios, public sector entities are considering
implementing renewable energy projects as viable solutions to rising energy costs. In Illinois, successful renewable energy options include: wind, solar, and geo-exchange. The implementation of a renewable energy project from
development to finances to integration of the system into the utility grid will
be explored at this summit. Participants will also be able to tour the award
winning Department of Energy/University of Illinois 2009 Solar Decathlon House. The house is a working/learning example of a net zero energy building operating with solar photovoltaic panels.

The summit will bring together public sector, K-12 school, public housing and community development officials; financing and energy industry experts;
and those in academia to develop strategies and create opportunities to
develop sustainable energy projects. In the end, participants will leave the
summit with a better understanding of the costs and benefits associated with the various types of renewable energy systems.

Registration is free. To register online, go to the SEDAC website at and follow the Renewable Energy Summit Registration link under Quick Links. For more information about the summit, please contact Kate Brown at 217.244.6769.

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