Renewable energy jobs about to ignite in Illinois, groups say; forums planned

Southern Illinois residents and community leaders are invited to two forums focusing on the fast-growing renewable energy and energy efficiency industries.

futureenergyjobsactlogoThe forums, organized and sponsored by Eco-Justice Collaborative, Prairie Rivers Network and The Delta Institute, will take place on July 25 at John A. Logan College in Carterville and July 26 at Southeastern Illinois College at Harrisburg.

Last December, the Future Energy Jobs Act was signed into law in Illinois. As a result, according to Pam Richart, co-director of Eco-Justice Collaborative, “billions of dollars will be unleashed for new energy and energy efficiency projects statewide. The forums have been designed to make sure the residents, businesses and the community leaders of Southern Illinois have the information they need to take advantage of programs and incentives when rolled out this fall.”

FEJA expands the state’s energy efficiency goals to dramatically reduce electricity waste and lower bills, devotes $750 million to job training, and includes community solar and Illinois Solar for All provisions that will allow those who can’t install solar panels directly on their own property to buy into projects built elsewhere.

The forums will provide an opportunity for community leaders, residents and business owners to learn how they can harness the power of renewable energy to spur economic growth. Workshops will dive deep into community solar; unpack the benefits of Illinois Solar for All; explore how to work with municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives; and identify paths towards bringing a solar project from concept to build.

Individuals interested in learning how to pursue a career path in the rapidly expanding field of renewable energy will find information about the variety of professions that are needed as well as the certification and training programs associated with each.

Registration is free, but RSVPs are requested. To register via phone, call Lan Richart, at (217) 607-1948 or send an email to Eco-Justice Collaborative at [email protected].

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