Join us for the next forum!

Topic: Solar and Renewable Energy
Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018
Time: 1 - 3:30 PM
Location: Waubonsee Community College Downtown Aurora Campus
18 S. River Street, Room 160AC, Aurora, IL 60506

Save the date for the next FVSN Solar and Renewable Energy Forum taking place Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:30 PM at Waubonsee Community College's downtown Aurora campus.

On the agenda:

  • Future Energy Jobs Act and Solar Models Overview - SolSmart, Rooftop, Community Solar, Utility-Scale
  • Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) Updates
  • Municipal Aggregation Opportunities
  • Kane County Zoning and Criteria for Solar Sites
  • Solar Group Buy Program in Kane County
  • Consulting Model for Institutions
  • Solar Developer Guidance Institutions
  • Solar Developer/Institution Match-Making

Speakers include:

  • Abby Beck, Commissioner, Batavia Environmental Commission
  • Gary Cuneen, Founder & Executive Director, Seven Generations Ahead
  • Mark Burger, Solar Consultant, Seven Generations Ahead
  • Mark Pruitt, Principal, Illinois Community Choice Aggregation Network
  • Mark VanKerkhoff, Director, Kane County Development & Community Services Department
  • MeLena Hessel, Policy Advocate, Environmental Law & Policy Center
  • Andris Slokenbergs, Solar Advocate

Join us in downtown Aurora on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 1 PM.

This event is free and open to everyone. However, there is a limited seat capacity. Please RSVP with Chloe Zuberbuhler at or 312.706.2532 to secure your seat. 

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Solar Developers and Institutions

If you are an institution interested in future solar project, please fill out this form

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Take the Downtown Aurora Rooftop Solar System Tour

Before and after the forum, tour the new renewable energy system that covers the rooftop of architecture built over a century ago, on the 113-year-old Carnegie library building at 1 East Benton Street, former home of Aurora’s Main Public Library - just two blocks from Waubonsee Community College.

This 56.7 KW renewable energy system is the first of its kind in Aurora’s historic downtown business district on Stolp Island. The new solar photovoltaic (PV) system is projected to reduce 58.72 tons of carbon emissions per year by generating 71,615 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity in 2018.

The entire project took less than two months to complete. Michelle Knox, owner of WindSolarUSA, designed the rooftop system to feature American-made products. Installation teams from local solar professionals at Rethink Electric in Geneva completed the project ahead of schedule.

The system went live on Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year. As the days grow longer, the sun is helping to power bright new initiatives in this historic building. Recently opened in the lower level, once known as the library’s “Young People’s Department,“ is a community arts and culture space  - “Gallery 1904." Gallery 1904 is open monthly to the public for downtown Aurora’s First Friday events. 

Join us for tours before and after the Fox Valley Sustainability Network's Solar and Renewable Energy Forum!


Thank you to everyone who attended the Green Business and Economic Development Forum, November 15th at Waubonsee Community College Campus in Downtown Aurora!

We had a packed house to learn about Regional Active Mobility Program (RAMP) and discuss the importance of sustainable business and attracting green industries to the Fox Valley. We also received updates on the Future Energy Jobs Act and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)'s planning in the Fox River Corridor.

Thank you to our speakers Gary Cuneen, Stephane Phifer, John Harris, Representative Steve Andersson and Brian Daly and thank you to everyone who attended and participated!

View the notes from this event here.

The Bicycle tourism Network: 2017 Survey

In order to improve and promote the Fox River Trail as a cycling and tourist destination, the Bicycle Tourism Network of Fox Valley (BTN) created an online survey for your completion. This version of the nationally recognized Trail Towns survey asks about your community’s highlights and bicycle friendliness. Please submit responses in order to help us improve the bike-ability of the Fox River Valley.

Thank you to everyone that attended GreenTown Fox Valley at Two Brothers Roundhouse in downtown Aurora on Thursday, April 27, 2017!

To view presentations from the event, click here.

To view the full event agenda, click here.

A special thank you to our sponsors:

Community Lead Sponsors:
City of Aurora
Grand Victoria Riverboat Fund
Ozinga Bros. Inc.

Core Sponsors:
Applied Ecological Services
Alderman William M. Donnell,  4th Ward, City of Aurora
Nissan North America

Sponsors of the Mayors Breakfast:
Hey and Associates
Republic Services

Community Sponsors:
Chiro One Wellness Centers

Mayors Breakfast Partner:
Elevate Energy

Host of Mayors Breakfast GreenTown Fox Valley:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Aurora/Naperville

Host of GreenTown Fox Valley:
Two Brothers Roundhouse

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Photo: Ryan Afflerbaugh, licensed under CC BY 4.0