Solar industry job fair: Wood Dale, Buffalo Grove firms seek to fill openings in fast-growing field

  • A Rethink Electric employee installs a rooftop solar energy system.

    A Rethink Electric employee installs a rooftop solar energy system. Courtesy of Rethink Electric

Submitted by Peter Gray

Wood Dale's Rethink Electric and Buffalo Grove's Certasun are encouraging jobseekers to attend the Solar Job Fair, set for Thursday, Nov. 15, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Organized by the Illinois Solar Energy Association and featuring more than 15 solar companies, the event will connect applicants with job opportunities and present information on careers in the solar industry. Illinois solar businesses have immediate openings for sales, installation and other positions. The industry plans to hire hundreds of new workers in the next few months.

Solar already employs thousands across the state and the industry is quickly expanding. Illinois is on track to install thousands of new solar systems by 2021. That opportunity has attracted dozens of new companies to Illinois, creating well-paying jobs and economic activity in communities stretching from Chicago to Carbondale. Rethink and Certasun are both solar energy contractors.

Local and national solar energy firms, along with experienced solar industry professionals, will be on-hand at the Solar Job Fair to answer questions and educate jobseekers on the various career paths available in the industry.

"Solar companies are hiring here in Illinois and this job fair is part of our work to connect applicants with the companies who need to staff up," said Lesley McCain, ISEA's executive director. "Jobs in solar are well-paying and rewarding, and the growth in our industry means workers with the right skills will be in demand for a long time."

The Solar Job Fair will be 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at McCormick Place, West Building, Room 192AB, 2301 S King Drive, Chicago, IL 60616.

To RSVP, visit Registrants will be entered in a drawing to win a solar-powered cellphone charger.

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Participating companies include:

• Ailey Solar

• Certasun

• Earth Wind & Solar Energy

• Eco-Solar Solutions

• EFS Energy Inc

• Fosler Construction

• GRNE Solar

• IBEW Local 134

• Rethink Electric LLC

• Simpleray

• StraightUp Solar

• Sunrun

• Vivint Solar


• Windfree Solar Co

The Illinois Solar Energy Association is a nonprofit organization that promotes the widespread application of solar and other forms of renewable energy through our mission of education and advocacy. ISEA is the state resource for renewable energy related policy developments, educational classes, events and access to local renewable energy businesses. Visit

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