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Today (May 7, 2019) we break down the Illinois Solar Market with Brian Haug, Director of Energy Solutions at Continental Electrical, and Lesley McCain of ISEA (Illinois Solar Energy Association). Haug is the ISEA Board President and has overseen the installation of 75 solar projects totaling 25 MW including the two largest rooftop arrays in the Midwest. The Illinois solar market is now experiencing rapid growth with 666 MW of DG RECs and a total of 2800 MW of solar being installed in the next five years. This is helping Illinois achieve it’s RPS of 25% clean power by 2025. Download the slides | Video

Unfortunately, the Future Energy Jobs Act funding mechanism, while very good, is not perfect and there is a funding cliff happening in 2021 unless we get the new Path to 100 legislation that is now working its way through Springfield (the Capitol of IL). There are several energy bills being introduced in Illinois at this time and they are helping to create a more sustainable clean jobs economy and renewables industry in Illinois. You can learn more about the Path to 100 at and take action to support the bill at

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About the Guests:

Brian Haug is the Director of Energy Solutions at Continental Electrical Construction Company (CECCO).  His division is responsible for finding creative and cost-effective ways to help their customers reduce their energy expenditures.  Brian has been with Continental for 24 years, holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago.  He currently presides as the President of the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA).  He leads a team of engineers and project managers who design and install innovative energy solutions for their commercial, industrial, and institutional customers including solar energy and battery storage microgrids.

Lesley McCain is the Executive Director of ISEA since 2012. Prior to that she served on the ISEA board from September 2009 until April 2012. As a board member she was Chair of Marketing Committee. Lesley previously worked for Community Energy Inc.(CEI) as the Midwest Director of Business Development. She started with CEI in 2005 as the Residential Program Manager for the award winning City of Naperville Renewable Energy Program, and in 2006 added corporate and industrial sales to her responsibilities. Lesley also serves on the board of the Illinois Environmental Council. She is grateful to have the opportunity to use her personal energy to help with the transition to the clean energy economy.

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Solar Works for Illinois is the monthly show from Continental Electrical Construction Co. (CECCO). CECCO is the largest commercial & industrial solar installer in Illinois with over 75 projects and 25 MW of rooftop, ground mount and small utility scale solar installations. Solar Works for Illinois hosts discussions about the solar PV industry and presentations by solar developers, general contractors, facility owners and other stakeholders in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industry. Learn about how solar pays back (ROI), solar energy, solar plus storage, community solar, utility scale solar, net zero construction, the energy transition, energy policy and solar technologies.