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Solar Powers Illinois is a campaign to promote the benefits of the Illinois solar industry and educate Illinoisans and elected officials on the value of solar energy.

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The Solar Powers Illinois campaign is powered by three solar energy industry organizations – Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Illinois Solar Energy and Storage Association and Illinois Solar Education Association (ISEA), and the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA).

Following the passage of the country’s most progressive and comprehensive clean energy bill, Solar Powers Illinois aims to build upon the groundwork laid by the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) to further the advancement of the solar industry to benefit all Illinoisans.


The Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) is a national coalition of businesses and non-profits working to expand customer choice and access to solar for all American households and businesses through community solar. CCSA’s mission is to empower every American energy consumer with the option to choose local, clean, and affordable community solar. CCSA works with customers, utilities, local stakeholders, and policymakers to develop and implement policies and best practices that ensure community solar programs provide a win, win, win for all, starting with the consumer.


ISEA (Illinois Solar Energy & Storage Association and Illinois Solar Education Association)

ISEA is two sister non-profit organizations - the Illinois Solar Energy Association and the Illinois Solar Education Association - that promote the widespread application of solar and other forms of renewable energy through our mission of advocacy and education.

Founded in 1975, incorporated in 1979 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit under the name Northern Illinois Solar Association, and finally reorganized in 1980 as the Illinois Solar Energy Association, the organization was focused on public education for the majority of its history. In the last decade, ISEA expanded its efforts to include working to ensure stable policies and regulations for solar development in Illinois. In order to do this work, ISEA founded its sister 501(c)(6) nonprofit trade organization.

ISEA is the state resource for renewable energy-related policy developments, educational classes, events, and access to local renewable energy businesses.

Currently, ISEA is 500+ members and growing, comprising of both business and individual memberships. ISEA advocates for sustainable living and 100% renewable energy by sharing information, events, and resources to cultivate community and power progress.


The Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA) is leading the transformation to a clean energy economy, creating the framework for solar to achieve 30% of U.S. electricity generation by 2030. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies and other strategic partners to fight for policies that create jobs in every community and shape fair market rules that promote competition and the growth of reliable, low-cost solar power.

Founded in 1974, SEIA is the national trade association for the solar and solar + storage industries, building a comprehensive vision for the Solar+ Decade through research, education and advocacy. SEIA has earned numerous awards for its work and company culture and was named by the Washington Post as a 2023 Top Workplace and a Best Nonprofit to Work For by the Nonprofit Times.

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