Rockford Airport Hangar & Wanxiang Solar Panel Manufacturing Tours

  • Tuesday, October 23, 2012
  • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Wanxiang America Corporation, 5985 Logistics Pkwy, Rockford IL 61109
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Please note that registration is non-refundable.
If you experience any registration difficulties or have questions please contact our office at 312-245-8300.

Preregistration for this event is closed.  Please join us for the walk-in rate of $20. Payment will be required at the door.
Join the USGBC Illinois Chapter's Rockford IL Branch for Rockford Airport Hangar & Wanxiang Solar Panel Manufacturing Tours. (Approved for 2.0 GBCI CE and AIA LU|HSW|SD hours)

This program will start out with a tour through a solar manufacturing plant led by Brett Anderson, Operations Manager of Universal Solar - the solar energy component of Wanxiang America Corporation, one of the world's largest solar panel and solar module manufacturer. Wanxiang has been in the Renewable Energy Business since 2000 and is the largest manufacturer of medium/large size silicon ingot and wafer cutting in China. Their PV manufacturing operations started in 2005 and offers qualifying ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, 2009) Solar Panels.

Next we will travel over (drive or car pool) to the Greater Rockford Airport where we will be greeted by Rob Spence, owner of Rundle Spence Co., a full-service plumbing, heating, and industrial supply distributor and fabricator, with light appetizers and drinks. We will listen in on how Rick McClellan of McClellan Blakemore Architects & Rob Spence collaborated with the owner to create an energy efficient design. They will also take us through the steps of testing their equipment against a baseline in order to achieve greater cost & energy savings for further developed hangars.

4:30 PM: Tour of Wanxiang America Corporation
5:30 PM: Appetizers and Networking at Greater Rockford Airport Hangar
6:00 PM: Presentation on Energy Efficient Systems
6:45 PM: Tour with Q&A
7:00 PM: Closing

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Rob Spence: Owner of Rundle-Spence Co.
Richard G. McClellan: President of McClellan Blakemore Architects; AIA, LEED AP
Brett Anderson: Operations Manager for Universal Solar

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