Thursday, July 18, 2024 | Rockford, IL | Embassy Suites Conference Center

2024 Solar Conference and Expo

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Photo taken by Jesse Fox, courtesy of the Rockford Park District.


What Is The Solar Conference and Expo?

The Solar Conference and Expo offers inspiration and education to become a more sustainable community. To meet the economic, energy and climate challenges of the coming years, the Rockford region can turn to solar power. Solar is increasingly affordable and clean.

Reaching our economic, energy and climate goals with solar is no longer primarily a technical challenge. It is also an educational and awareness challenge.  The Solar Conference and Expo aims to help Rockford area residents learn how they can ‘get solar’ and pay significantly less money on their electric bills.  The Solar Conference and Expo is a project of Sustain Rockford, a local nonprofit, grassroots organization working collaboratively to help make the Rockford region more sustainable.

Our objective is to help advance the adoption of solar in the Rockford region.


Join Your Neighbors, Solar Experts, and Government Representatives


Network with industry leaders and potential partners throughout the event.


Learn about the various ways that you can “GoSolar” from our lineup of speakers.


Understand how the generous incentives can provide real benefit to your budget.

Agenda at a glance

Solar Conference and Expo Program

  • Plenary Session

    • Welcome Remarks and Announcements
       Candice King, Chief Meteorologist, WTVO 17 and WQRF Fox 39

    • The Big Picture - Solar in the United States
       Mark Pruitt, Former Director, Illinois Power Agency

    • Nation-Leading Legislation - The Illinois Climate and Equitable Jobs Act
       Samira Hanessian, Energy Policy Director, Illinois Environmental Council
       Dany Robles, Legislative Relations Director, Illinois Environmental Council

    • Powerful Tools - Financial Incentives for Solar in Illinois
       Kelly Turner, Legal Counsel, Illinois Power Agency

    ~ 15 Minute Stretch Break ~

    • Getting Solar to Everyone - Illinois Solar for All
       Delmar Gillus, Chief Operating Officer, Elevate Energy

    • A Holistic Approach - Solar and Resiliency in the Rockford Region
       Michael Dunn, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Region 1 Planning Council

    • This is Just the Beginning - The GoSolar 815 Campaign
       Brad Roos, President, Sustain Rockford

  • Breakout Sessions

    Multiple breakout sessions throughout the day covering the following tracks:
    • Solar for Residents
    • Solar for Your Business
    • The Solar Economy
    • Solar for Farms and Rural Businesses
    • Solar for Institutions, Nonprofits and Churches

  • Expo

    • Solar Installers and Displays Available to all Attendees Throughout the Day

  • Social Hour

    • Join us at "The Top" - 12th Floor Rooftop Restaurant and Bar

Reserve Your Spot

Help Secure Our Future

Join your neighbors, solar experts, and government representatives as we explore options for going solar. This is an all-day event open to the public.


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