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Ameresco Joined MDV-SEIA as a Silver Sponsor for Solar Focus 2014


Nov 14



Ameresco joined MDV-SEIA as a Silver Sponsor for the 8th annual Solar Focus Conference. Shelley Cohen, Senior Project Developer at Ameresco and MDV-SEIA Board Member, also joined as a speaker for the event. MDV-SEIA is proud to partner on this event with Ameresco, a longtime supporter of the organization’s efforts and an active stakeholder in the Mid-Atlantic.

Ameresco helps organizations meet energy saving and energy management challenges with an integrated comprehensive approach to energy efficiency and renewable energy. Leveraging budget neutral solutions like energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) and power purchase agreements (PPAs), we eliminate the financial barriers that traditionally hamper energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

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About Shelley Cohen

Ms. Cohen has twelve years of experience in environment and energy related fields. Located at Ameresco’s DC office, Ms. Cohen specializes in renewable energy and energy conservation project development with a special emphasis on landfill gas utilization projects. Currently, Ms. Cohen is in the process of developing five landfill gas utilization projects. In 2003 and 2004, the US EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) awarded Industry Partner of the Year to Ms. Cohen and the Ameresco team for their successful LFG projects and contributions to the environment. Ameresco currently has nine operational landfill gas projects in their project portfolio, and another 7 projects under development. Prior to joining Ameresco, Ms. Cohen was the Team Lead of EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program. In her capacity as Team Lead, Ms. Cohen directly assisted about 20 potential LFG utilization projects to overcome barriers to project development. Her involvement in these projects involved LFG project assessment and feasibility, LFG development training, permitting, air quality compliance, project design, and end use application and identification. Her efforts at LMOP helped many businesses and communities realize the benefits of utilizing clean, renewable energy.

Ms. Cohen has a Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and an undergraduate degree from Tufts University.


Founded in 1984, MDV-SEIA represents the interests of photovoltaic and solar thermal developers, financiers, equipment manufacturers, installers, distributors and component suppliers serving Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. Our members design, sell, integrate, install, maintain and finance solar energy equipment for residential, commercial and institutional customers throughout the region.

MDV-SEIA delivers on policy formation and advocacy, market representation, networking, education, and additional benefits to our 100+ members representing more than 2,000 direct jobs in our region. In the last few years, MDV-SEIA’s leadership has resulted in increased state requirements as well as increased penalties for non-compliance, creation of a solar thermal market, improvements to net metering, and game changing gains in the deployment of solar.

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