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CohnReznick Joined MDV-SEIA as a Gold Sponsor for Solar Focus 2014


Nov 14


Cohn Reznick

CohnReznick joined MDV-SEIA as a Gold Sponsor for the 8th annual Solar Focus Conference. Joel Cohn, a partner in the Transaction Consulting Group of CohnReznick, also joined as a speaker for the event. MDV-SEIA is proud to partner on this event with CohnReznick, a longtime supporter of the organization’s efforts and an active solar stakeholder in the Mid-Atlantic.

CohnReznick LLP provides clients with forward thinking advice that helps them navigate complex business and financial issues. With more than 2,500 employees nationwide, we provide the resources, technical skills and deep industry knowledge to help them succeed. Our clients in the renewable energy business world include investor-owned utilities, developers, investment banks and private equity firms, tax equity investors and financial institutions, insurance companies, independent power producers, commercial and industrial entities, and infrastructure companies.

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About Joel Cohn

Joel Cohn is a partner in the Transaction Consulting Group of CohnReznick. Since 1995 he has provided transaction structuring advice and technical services to sponsors of various tax credit projects including, among others, renewable energy projects. His broad experience in raising tax equity brings to bear solutions where business goals and tax rules would appear to conflict. The key is having an understanding of the goals of the various stakeholders, and the alternative ways those goals can be achieved.

His advice has included maximization of credits through re-categorization of costs, contract restructuring and tax planning, all while working within the framework of tax law; creation of transaction structures designed to satisfy the key agendas of various stakeholders; exit strategy development for investors/ developers – including the creation of various option strategies; development of strategies which maximize sponsor return on investment; and creation of transaction structures that permit economic participation by nonprofits.

Joel’s tax credit transaction experience has included several hundred projects throughout the country. He has also contributed policy advice to working groups across the country, advising on both federal and state tax credit law, consequently generating substantial improvements to the programs and to the public’s understanding of the law.


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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