Terracom Projects

Illinois Solar Energy Association
Home with solar thermal and solar electric panels that was on the 2008 Illinois Solar Tour

A home on the Illinois Solar Tour. Photo: Jim Camasto

As part of its mission to promote renewable energy, the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) hosts the annual Illinois Solar Tour. Homes and businesses using solar, wind and geothermal energy open their doors to anyone interested in learning how to save on utility costs and reduce their carbon footprint through renewable energy.

ISEA asked Terracom to publicize the 2008 tour, for which a record 2,000+ people participated. When one visitor was asked how he heard about the tour, he replied, "How couldn't you hear [about it]. It was everywhere." ISEA asked Terracom to publicize the tour again in 2009.


  • PR & Marketing Strategy
  • Media Relations

Selected results from this project include:

  • Nearly triple the number of people who took the tour in 2007, thanks in part to:
  • Front-page Home & Garden and Real Estate articles on the tour in the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times
  • A news feature that ran several days on WBBM Newsradio 78, one of Chicago's top-rated stations
  • A news feature in the Daily Herald
  • Online coverage by a variety of online media targeting the Chicago-area sustainability audience
  • Strategic sponsorship of high-profile Chicago sustainability events
  • 2009 placements that included coverage by "Live Green with ABC7," Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Crain's Chicago Business, Daily Herald and more.


Learn more about the Illinois Solar Energy Association.