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MDV-SEIA Membership Elects Six to Board of Directors


Aug 18


MDV-SEIA is proud to announce the election of six members to our Board of Directors. MDV-SEIA’s Board Leadership is made up of 17 individuals, who support the Association’s work and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. For over three decades, Board leadership has been central to the association’s mission of addressing key policy and regulatory priorities, engaging diverse stakeholders, and leveraging resources to tackle the industry’s greatest challenges.

We are confident in these newly elected members’ ability to carry out member priorities and lead the association through the next phase of solar industry development.

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Meet the elected Board members:

    Shelley Cohen

    CEO, Alpha Solar Group

    Shelley Cohen is Co-CEO of Alpha Solar Group. She brings to Alpha Solar Group 17 years of hands on renewable energy and energy efficiency project development experience. Shelley is a respected solar industry professional, who has developed close to 20 MWs of renewable energy, including solar projects in DE and DC while working as a Senior Project Developer at Ameresco. She has an expertise working with clients to assess needs, design project options, and bring projects on-line. Prior to working at Ameresco, she worked for the EPA promoting renewable energy, at the White House on sustainable development, and on Capitol Hill. She currently serves on the boards of MDV-SEIA, NWF, and was recently accepted as one of the 2015 recipients of the Women’s Leadership Fellow at the Impact Center. Shelley has a 12kw solar system on her home, and regularly gives tours and provides information on solar. She spends as much of her free time as possible, out doors, with her family.


        Ed Merrick

        Policy and Government Relations, Trinity Solar

        Ed has been working in the energy industry for nearly 25 years, 16 of which have been spent in the solar electric industry. In his current role, he is leading Trinity Solar’s expansion efforts in the Mid-Atlantic region. With a background at PV manufacturing pioneer BP Solar, as well as one of the nation’s leading solar providers, Trinity Solar, Ed has held various roles throughout the solar value chain in sales, marketing, operations and government affairs. Ed is well-versed in project finance, marketing strategy, offer development, and incentive rate design for both residential and commercial-sized systems.

        Over the years, Ed has participated in various lobbying efforts in Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Prior to the merger of the Solar Alliance with SEIA, Ed was an active leader in the group focusing on East Coast legislative and regulatory affairs. In 2009, Ed led the Solar Alliance’s intervention in PSE&G’s “Solar 4 All” petition to the New Jersey Board of Public Affairs and participated as a key member, providing analysis and testimony, in support of and passage of New Jersey’s Solar Act of 2012.

        Ed holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration from the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. He also is a registered professional environmental engineer (inactive) and holds a Maryland Home Improvement Contractor’s License.

            Michael Healy

            CEO, New Columbia Solar

            Mike Healy is the CEO of New Columbia Solar, a District of Columbia based solar company whose mission is to make it as easy as humanly possible for DC residents and businesses to benefit from solar energy.

            He’s been a fervent leader in developing solar policy across the Mid-Atlantic region, having been influential in the development, design and advocacy of the District of Columbia and Maryland RPS programs. He is also an experienced entrepreneur and business strategist who has played a key role in starting three successful energy companies. Prior to launching New Columbia Solar, he served as the founder and partner at Nextility Inc. and ConnectDER, inc.

            Mike has been instrumental in developing business growth strategies from start-up level to maturity, including originating more than 30 successful partnerships within the private and public sectors. He has a proven track record of developing a long-term strategy, implementing the tactics to maintain and execute that strategy, and delivering results.

            Previously, Mike served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of SEIA and as Vice President and Policy Chair at MDV-SEIA. He is a long-time D.C. resident who resides in the District’s H street corridor with his wife, Kelly and their two sons, Jack and Liam.

                Jennifer Spinosi

                Vice President of Regulatory and Compliance, CleanChoice Energy

                Jennifer Spinosi is the Vice President of Regulatory and Compliance at CleanChoice Energy, a Washington, DC based renewable energy company that empowers residential and commercial customers to choose 100% renewable retail electricity and community solar products and services. She engages external stakeholders to expand customers’ access to renewable energy and ensures company compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Previously, Jennifer worked for Direct Energy and was responsible for the development and implementation of legislative and regulatory strategies to support the company’s solar growth agenda. Her background in restructured (energy choice) markets gives her a unique perspective on renewable energy policy. Jennifer is on the Board of Directors for the Coalition for Community Solar Access (“CCSA”) and has served on the Board of MDV-SEIA since May 2016. Jennifer has Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from The Ohio State University and a J.D. with a concentration in environmental and energy law from Capital University Law School. She lives in Columbus, Ohio and is an avid gardener and food preservationist.


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