Renée Azerbegi Awarded 2013 “Women in Solar Energy Award” for Outstanding Promotion of Women in Solar

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Renee Azerbegi, president of Ambient Energy, wins this year’s Women in Solar Energy Award from the American Solar Energy Society for her significant contribution to the advancement of women in solar energy.

The American Solar Energy Society (ASES), the nation’s leading association of solar professionals and advocates, today announced Renee Azerbegi, president of Ambient Energy, as this year’s Women in Solar Energy Award (WISE) recipient at Solar 2013. The WISE award is presented to a woman who has contributed significantly to the acceptance and advancement of women in solar through their work in advocacy, politics, education, technical, or social change.

"I am proud to accept this year’s Women in Solar Energy Award," said Azerbegi. "It's wonderful to be recognized for your passion -- creating buildings that are bettering the earth using solar energy and sustainable building practices.”

The WISE award recognizes Azerbegi for her work in changing the relationship of people and buildings to solar technology through her involvement in organizations that promote solar energy and her company, Ambient Energy. Ambient Energy is an environmental consulting firm with offices in Denver and San Francisco she founded in 2004. Ambient Energy focuses on sustainability, energy efficiency, and renewable energy for new and existing facilities. Ambient Energy has worked on at least 20 projects that have implemented on-site active renewable energy, including analyzing the life-cycle cost effectiveness of a one megawatt solar electric system on the San Jose International Airport’s Consolidated Parking Garage and the first one megawatt solar electric system on the Denver Federal Center. Ambient Energy also performed energy, daylight, and measurement and verification for the new net-zero LEED Platinum parking garage and Site Entrance buildings at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.

Azerbegi is a Certified Energy Manager, a LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C), and has worked in the mechanical design, energy modeling, and sustainable design profession for 16 years. Azerbegi has supported the High Performance Building Program for the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office and worked with state and municipal officials across Colorado to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainability. She has served in various capacities, including as President for the Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES), a non-profit focused on advancing renewable energy in Colorado, as a co-chair of the Energy Modeling Committee of the Energy Efficiency Building Coalition, and as co-chair of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Sustainability Committee.

“My commitments in leadership positions to organizations such as ASES, CRES, IFMA and the U.S. Green Building Council, demonstrate my desire to get engaged for positive change,” said Azerbegi. “I was President of CRES the year when Amendment 37 was rolled out, which was the first voter initiated amendment with a solar requirement in the country.” During that time, Azerbegi also became a solar product representative for the PowerLight Corporation (now SunPower). In this role, she connected the right players together for the installation of the 2 megawatt solar electric system at the Belmar shopping center.

Prior to founding Ambient Energy, Azerbegi worked as an engineer for ENSAR Group (now RMI) where she soon realized the need for a high quality energy and sustainability firm with a thorough understanding of LEED, energy modeling, energy audits, and commissioning. After ENSAR, she worked for RMH Group, a mechanical and electrical design firm, for four years to understand how these systems are designed and how they relate to energy usage in commercial buildings. At RMH Group, she led the green team and the green technology team.

Ambient Energy started in 2004 as a boutique third-party consulting firm specializing in high quality energy, commissioning and sustainable design solutions for the new and existing commercial building market. We’re known for cutting-edge innovation, achieving high-end results that impact our world, thanks to our excellent collaboration with project teams. Our true focus and interest lies in maximizing sustainability and energy efficiency, providing owners and architects with third-party feedback without any bias towards particular technologies or systems. Please visit

The Women in Solar Energy Award honors a woman who has contributed significantly to the acceptance and advancement of women in solar through advocacy, politics, education, social change, business, or technical achievement.

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Denver CO 80204

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