Solar Energy Done Right

We deliver energy solutions for businesses that advance climate sustainability. We are focused on delivering affordable renewable solar energy to the grid and helping our clients improve their financial and environmental performance. We are a highly skilled and experienced team of engineers and constructors – building solar energy, energy storage, and energy efficiency projects that reduce fossil-fuel consumption, lower OpEx, improve your the bottom line, increase property investment value, and combat climate change.
We deliver energy solutions for businesses that advance climate sustainability. We are focused on delivering affordable renewable solar energy to the grid and helping our clients improve their financial and environmental performance. We are a highly skilled and experienced team of engineers and constructors – building solar energy, energy storage, and energy efficiency projects that reduce fossil-fuel consumption, lower OpEx, improve your the bottom line, increase property investment value, and combat climate change.

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Completed Projects

Washington University, St Louis, MO
  • 1.8 MW on 6 buildings
  • Complicated sequencing and schedule
  • Student education program
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Lambart Airport Community Solar
  • • On-airport construction
  • • First MO IOU community solar project
  • • Sold-out subscriptions in one month
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Central lowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO)
  • • lowa's largest solar-PV portfolio - 7.8 MW
  • • Multi-year, multi-site construction accross the state with the tight timeline
  • • Multiple system designs utilizing scalable technology
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ITC Starlight Project
  • • Owner's Engineer / Owner's Agent
  • • High-security, mission-critical data center
  • • Ground mount, carport, and battery plant
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Prairie Power, Inc.
  • • Two identical 636kW system designs
  • • Multi-site construction coordination
  • • First of it's kind interactive outdoor learning and visitor's center
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Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) - DC-AC Integrated Nanogrid
  • • DC AC Nanogrid Athletic Complex
  • • Battery Storage
  • • DC-DC LED Lighting
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US Army Corp of Engineers
  • • 550kW of free standing canopy solar-PV
  • • Diesel-hybrid microgrid
  • • Vertical axis wind turbines
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City of Columbia Water & Light
  • • 268 kW ground-mounted array
  • • Municipal project constructed by city-utility personnel
  • • Azimuth trained municipal staff to install and operate
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Tropigas ENESA, S.A.
  • • World’s largest Enphase Energy installation
  • • 2.4 MW design
  • • Module-level monitoring of 8,000 modules
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St. Louis Cardinals
  • • Microinverter Technology with customized, embedded graphic interface
  • • Informational display kiosk for visitors
  • • Enough energy to cook 4 million hot dogs a season
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Moonrise Hotel and Pageant Theatre
  • • 1st solar-PV semi-transparent roof of a restaurant
  • • Electric vehicle charging system
  • • Solar energy powers two hotel floors
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Weldon Springs Army Reserve Center
  • • Free-standing racking system surrounded by masonry wall
  • • Microinverter power-electronics conquer difficult shading
  • • Main pedestrian entrance to military complex
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Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)
  • • Islanding Campus
  • • Wind & Solar PV
  • • Architecturally Significant Design
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Missouri University of Science & Technology (MS&T)
  • • Solar Village over-produces and exports 50% of its energy
  • • Battery storage plant, natural gas fuel cell, and hot water distribution among buildings
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French Gerleman
  • • 4 different module types and configurations
  • • 6 different power-electronics technologies
  • • 4 different monitoring systems
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St Louis County School Districts and Universities
  • • Multiple roof-top installation types
  • • Complex “balance of system” installation
  • • Multiple monitoring stations
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World Bank
  • • Owner’s Engineer and Agent
  • • Industry outreach
  • • International banking investment
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St Louis Science Center, “Evie”
  • • 2 separate arrays DC coupled to the truck and exhibit loads
  • • Produces electricity even while driving along the road
  • • Solar energy benefits taught to students
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IKEA
  • • Multiple roof-top installation types
  • • Complex “balance of system” installation
  • • Multiple monitoring stations
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Drury Hotels
  • • Energy audit on 1929 historic Alamo National Bank building
  • • 24-floor building with some 50-ft ceilings
  • • Complicated central plant design
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McCormack Baron Salazar
  • • Responsible for quality assurance across 90+ buildings
  • • Owner oversight and payment certification
  • • Largest PV project in the state when constructed
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Busch Stadium
  • • 25% reduction in energy consumption
  • • 15% reduction in water and municipal steam usage
  • • Focus on occupant and community performance
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Novus International
  • • Potential for site energy reduction of 20+%
  • • Financial payback less than 3 years
  • • Seamless integration with ongoing research operations
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Mastercard
  • • Growing portfolio of solar carports
  • • The total PV capacity for Phase 1 and 2 combined is approximately 2.5 MW
  • • MasterCard’s campus in both St Louis and New York headquarters
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About Us

NABCEP-Certified Solar Inspector since 2017
NABCEP-Certified Solar Installer since 2011
Licensed Engineering Corporation since 2010
Licensed Professional Engineers since 1993
Azimuth Energy is an engineering, construction, and development support services company focused on the implementation of renewable energy and associated energy efficiency strategies. We are experts at innovative and creative solutions for solar energy, advanced technology microgrids, and energy efficiency integration. Building clean energy strategies into your business model is what we do.
Originally founded in 2009, our team has construction, energy, and renewable deployment experience dating back to the early 1990s. We are headquartered in St. Louis, MO with a strong team of experts who have engineered and constructed over 500 PV projects and 80 energy storage plants in the US and overseas.
At Azimuth Energy, we take great pride in being a cut above in our approach, understanding, and integration capabilities. Our department leaders are all veterans of both the solar industry and general building construction. We entered the solar market and construction industry over 20 years ago, growing our experience by working with a variety of project teams from a single building owner to large teams with multiple engaged companies. We have performed all the key roles at the table and are comfortable in any position that makes sense for the owner.
Azimuth Energy’s mission is to help our clients improve the financial and environmental performance of their businesses. This means reducing their energy consumption and operating expenses, managing risk, improving their bottom line and the value of their property investment.
As a licensed Engineering Corporation, we are committed to delivering this mission through our professionalism, constant attention to detail, and maintaining a current understanding of industry best practices. This process, along with our expertise as constructors, allows us to provide a variety of solutions in the design, development, and installation of distributed generation renewable energy systems and efficiency strategies.
At Azimuth Energy, we bring an affordable focus on three key strategies for every project:
SAFETY – our attention is not limited to construction risk and accidents alone; we target the elimination of long-term operational risk for the service life of the project.
PERFORMANCE – engineered and constructed to deliver affordable, clean energy and power for the service life of the project; meeting performance guarantees, up-time expectations, and meeting or exceeding expected financial performance.
AESTHETICS – because looks are important. Ask us how appearance affects safety, performance, and maintainability in very significant ways. Also, we find that most of our clients want to show off their project, and aesthetics matters.
As we continue to grow, we retain our clients as loyal fans through effective communication, anticipating outcomes, and delivering what we promise. We treat every client like a long-term, respected friend and every project like we will be showing it off for decades to come. So, whether conventional or custom, bring us your ideas and we will make them happen. “DONE RIGHT.”

Our Portfolio

(by industry)
GOVERNMENT AND INSTITUTIONAL
UTILITY & COMMERCIAL
HOSPITALITY & ENTERTAINMENT
  • • US Army Corps of Engineers (4)
  • • St Louis Science Center (3)
  • • Various US K-12 schools (20+)
  • • Washington University (20+)
  • • University of Missouri St Louis
  • • World Bank (3)
  • • Missouri Botanical Garden (3)
  • • Yanbu Royal Commission
  • • Webster University (5)
  • • Illinois Institute of Technology (5)
  • • MDNR State Park System
  • • Government of St Lucia
  • • Government of Jamaica
  • • Bahamas Water Authority
  • • Solar Head of State (2)
  • • Hertz Car Rental (2)
  • • Nestle Purina PetCare (2)
  • • Enterprise Rent-A-Car (4)
  • • MasterCard International (2)
  • • US Bank (9)
  • • United Health Care / MetLife (2)
  • • Express Scripts (2)
  • • Commerce Bank (5)
  • • City of Columbia Water & Light
  • • Prairie Power Electrical Cooperative (2)
  • • Central Iowa Power Cooperative (6)
  • • Novus International (2)
  • • McCormack Baron Salazar (3)
  • • Ameren Missouri
  • • IKEA
  • • Schlafly Bottleworks
  • • Anheuser Busch / InBev
  • • Tropigas Panama
  • • St. Louis Cardinals (20+)
  • • Los Angeles Rams
  • • Fontainebleau Resorts
  • • Moonrise Hotel (4)
  • • Drury Hotels (14)
  • • Pageant Theatre (2)
  • • Harrah’s Entertainment
  • • Sheraton Hotels
  • • Peter Island Resort & Spa, BVI
  • • Oil Nut Bay Resort, BVI
  • • Cooper Island Beach Club, , BVI (2)

Meet Our Experts

CORY BRENNAN, EIT
Lead Engineer
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CORY BRENNAN, EIT
Lead Engineer
Sustainability, engineering, and AutoCAD top the list of Cory’s skills. When it comes to designing microgrids, solar arrays, and electrical systems, Cory is the go-to guy. As a Missouri S&T graduate, he has been involved in research projects for The Ameren Company and the Department of Energy. Cory has been invited to speak for the American Society of Engineering Management, and the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conferences.
DEKO DEVINS, EIT
Senior Engineer, Project Manager
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DEKO DEVINS, EIT
Senior Engineer, Project Manager
As one of the newest members to the Azimuth Energy team, Deko has become an integral part of our process. He has participated in the engineering design for over 14MW of PV projects so far. Deko has earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.
MALAQUIAS ENCARNACION
Director Of Business Development
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MALAQUIAS ENCARNACION
Director Of Business Development
An intense executive with over 15 years of accomplishments in a wide array of strategy, business development, market regulation, negotiation, execution and engineering roles with consistent success in the clean energy industry, including Natural Gas, Wind and Solar Power, and Battery-based Energy Storage.
LANA FEIX
Project Management
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LANA FEIX
Project Management
An intense executive with over 15 years of accomplishments in a wide array of strategy, business development, market regulation, negotiation, execution and engineering roles with consistent success in the clean energy industry, including Natural Gas, Wind and Solar Power, and Battery-based Energy Storage.
DARRIN GIGER
Project Manager
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DARRIN GIGER
Project Manager
Darrin believes in getting the job done right. He leaves no stone unturned or question unasked when it comes to managing highly complex construction projects. Darrin is a Marine Corp veteran and an avid hunter and fisherman who loves the outdoors. Accountability is the driving force behind everything Darrin brings to the Azimuth Energy team. He takes pride in the finished project.
MARC LOPATA, PE
President and Principal Engineer
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MARC LOPATA, PE
President and Principal Engineer
Founder and driven leader of Azimuth Energy. Marc is a passionate entrepreneur, solving energy generation challenges in environmentally clean and sustainable ways. Every problem has a solution, and Marc has yet to confront an energy efficiency puzzle he couldn’t solve. His 20+ years of experience encompass engineering, construction, development, renewable energy, and applied sciences.
BLAKE MARCHI
Project Engineer
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BLAKE MARCHI
Project Engineer
Blake Marchi has been on the Azimuth team since 2019. He now is a graduate electrical engineer, and he also brings to the table his five years of prior experience as an electrical contractor.
PAUL MARSKE
Director of Business Development
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PAUL MARSKE
Director of Business Development
As a business consultant and an installing contractor, Paul has always focused on providing clean and renewable energy to clients who share the same passion for the environment. His primary goal is to deliver bottom line results that work, are affordable and efficient.
SCOTT NAEGER
Director of Operations
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SCOTT NAEGER
Director of Operations
Scott is a seasoned construction management professional with over 25 years of multi-industry experience in project and program management, and also 5 years’ experience serving in the US Marines.
DESMOND (DEZ) ORT
Business Development
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DESMOND (DEZ) ORT
Business Development
For over 20 years, Dez has been a driven lead generator and business developer in multiple B2B markets which include hospitality, accounting and tax consulting. Since 2013, he has focused his talents and effort towards initiating contact with potential commercial solar candidates and develops ongoing relationships with them.
JENNY THE DOG
Chief Security Officer
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Jenny the Dog
Chief Security Officer
Jenny the Dog is responsible for security around the office, making sure squirrels and rabbits don’t sneak in. She is a solar-industry veteran, expert at finding the most comfortable, sunny chair or cool patch of grass in the shade of a solar array. She also can detect a treat in a pocket from many paces away.

News & Information

March 2020 Letter from the President
Looking at last year in the rearview, we aren’t sure whether to call it the year of the PV Carport or the year of the PV+Battery Microgrid. There have been several of both types of specialized projects, along with our bread and butter of commercial/industrial rooftop PV and utility PV plants. It was a very busy year. We completed 5 PV Carport projects. Two on MasterCard’s campuses in St Louis and New York, one for ITC Holdings in Detroit, one for the IBEW at their Local-1 headquarters, and one in Basseterre, St. Kitts, for the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB)…
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Eastern Caribbean Central Bank
The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has an aggressive goal to reduce their carbon footprint by 2025, and solar energy and energy efficiency are key parts of that strategy. To achieve these goals, ECCB engaged us to engineer and manage the construction of solar-energy carports on their parking lots. We started this project in 2018 and completed Phase 1 in 2019. Phase 2 started in 2019 and will…
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Chicago’s Newest Solar Microgrid
Azimuth Energy has completed the engineering and construction of another complex microgrid. This project is on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and it powers S.R. Crown Hall. Crown Hall is an architectural masterpiece designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is both a Chicago Landmark (1997) and National Historic Landmark (2001). This unlikely home for a solar microgrid also is showcased in the Art Institute of Chicago for its design innovation and creativity….
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Washington University 1.8 MW Rooftop Solar Project Includes Students
Is solar energy on the South 40 of Washington University in St. Louis feasible? To answer that one question, the members of RESET, a new program from the Office of Sustainability, had to ask hundreds more. Can the residential and office buildings of the South 40 support the weight of solar arrays?…
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Solar Modules – Why Do Tilt And Orientation Matter?
Getting the answers right should be part of every design engineer’s Quality Assurance process. They also are important to the system owner, because in some ways the solar installer and the project owner may have opposing interests. And decisions driven by the wrong reasons can mean the difference between a project that successfully produces and meets expectations for decades, or doesn’t…
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Modeling Storage In HOMER: Why Getting It Right Matters
Sizing the energy production and storage components of a microgrid makes a big difference in the performance of the system – both financially and from the perspective of keeping the lights on…
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Design and Construction Challenges of a Private Microgrid in New England
Nestled in a wooded community is a microgrid that defies the usual value propositions. It’s an outlier of a project because microgrids are normally built for different reasons, such as to bring power in developing countries to people who depend on unreliable or non-existent grid infrastructure…
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Senate Bill 564 Includes Solar Rebates
On June 1, 2018, Senate Bill 564 (SB 564) was signed into law. This modern energy legislation includes updates to Missouri’s solar programs in the form of solar rebates and utility owned solar…
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Why Use An Owners Agent
Make Sure Your Solar or Microgrid Project is Done Right! Our clients are all expert at operating and maintaining their own buildings and equipment. However, most of our clients do not have the in-house expertise to buy construction services or manage a construction project…
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Build Solar Energy Now Or Later?
The short answer, for several reasons, is do it now! No amount of price reduction in solar panels will turn waiting into a good investment decision…
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Azimuth Energy and Solar Island Energy Earn Industry’s Most Prestigious Certification
Marc Lopata, PE, has earned recognition as a “PV System Inspector” ™ from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP®). Lopata already is a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional…
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Getting What You Pay for in Solar Energy
This is the second installment in a short collection of buying affordable solar energy; and still getting quality, safety, and performance. This one is about a common benchmark used across the industry – dollars per kilowatt – and some things that make it go up or down that also affect the safety, performance, and aesthetics…
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How To Affordably Buy Quality In The Solar Industry
Hello, Business Owner. Congratulations on deciding to “go solar”! You will enjoy your reduced energy expense, reduced operating risk, improvement to your bottom line, increased value of your building, plus cred as a steward of the environment. You may wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. We have many clients that wonder that same thing, and regularly call us to thank us for building their project, or pick up the tab at happy hour!…
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Solar Module Selection Criteria
There are many module manufacturers and products on the market today, and it can be a challenge to find the best products with the right warranty coverage for a specific project from a financially stable manufacturer. For solar panels (known as “modules” in the industry) this typically is defined as a “Tier-1” or “bankable” module. …
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The Cost of Electricity from Burning Fossil Fuel
Understanding your all-in expense cost of electricity generated from burning fossil fuels is an eye-opening exercise. The indirect financial costs and environmental impacts are not quite so easy to quantify, but we will even take a look at that later on…
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Perimeter Fence Grounding For Utility Solar Farms
Fence grounding around a utility solar field is not clearly defined in any code or standard. Fence grounding around substations is very clear and necessary. But a solar field is not a utility substation, and the level of risk is much different….
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