Owner’s Engineer & Agent Services

Market Overview: Solar energy systems are straightforward, need little maintenance, and perform for decades. But the larger the investment, the more details and care that should go into the investment. Most organizations are expert at operating their business – whether a utility grid, finance company, luxury resort, university campus, or manufacturing plant. But few of these operations teams are expert at buying capital construction, and even fewer have experience with buying solar-energy assets. A well-informed Owner knows they need expertise on their team, to ensure they achieve their goals in technical, financial, and schedule performance. That is where the owner’s engineer (OE), independent engineer (IE), or owner’s agent (OA) plays a critical role in the successful project delivery.
When Azimuth Energy steps in as OE, OA, or IE, we act as a temporary extension of your staff. Your agenda is our agenda. We deliver a suite of services that is informed by almost 30 years of successful engineering and construction management in the solar-energy industry and mission-critical data center building construction totaling well over $1B in capital construction. Our focus markets as an independent engineer are utilities and large commercial/industrial clients. We understand the constructor’s perspective as well as the engineer, and achieving the owner’s goals. Here are our key credentials that put us over the top compared to consultants selling independent engineering services.
  • We are a licensed Engineering Corporation – held to higher performance, experience, regulatory, and legal standards across the country.
  • Our key technical teams are all NABCEP-Certified Solar Professionals and licensed Professional Engineers.
  • Our construction team has decades of experience as developers, project owners, general contractors, and consultants to projects as large as $3.2B and 8.9M square feet of commercial floor space.
  • Our solar-PV experience as a team spans over 500 projects and 700 MW of power capacity.
  • Our diverse clientele includes utility companies, real estate developers, insurance companies, and attorneys. We have provided adjustor and expert witness services based on our experience and trust in the industry.
There are bigger consulting companies, with hundreds of staff, bigger marketing budgets, and more layers of management to fit into their budget. But having worked with some of our competitors, we believe we will deliver superior results for a more reasonable investment.
IKEA
IKEA hired Azimuth as their Owner’s Agent for the solar-PV installation at their new store in St Louis, Missouri. This 1.28 MW rooftop solar-PV installation was completed in 2015, and our responsibilities to IKEA were to ensure the project was designed to local standards and best practices, ensure the installation complied with the construction documents, and provide…
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World Bank
The World Bank engaged us to provide feasibility studies for solar-PV installations on three Eastern Caribbean islands: St Lucia, St Vincent, and Grenada. We assessed the potential installation locations, coordinated with local governmental officials, provide preliminary designs, evaluated local labor resources and rates, and provided guidance to the World Bank on how to deploy…
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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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McCormack Baron Salazar
When it was built in 2009, this was the largest solar-PV project in the Midwest – approximately 650 kW across over 90 rooftops in downtown St Louis. McCormack Baron Salazar (MBS) engaged us to serve as their Owner’s Agent for this project. We were responsible for inventory certification, progress report certification, bank reporting, payment application review, quality…
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