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President and Principal Engineer

Marc Lopata is President of Azimuth Energy, a US-based, solar energy, microgrid, and energy efficiency engineering and construction company. Marc is a licensed, Professional Engineer with over 20 years of experience in engineering, construction, development, and applied sciences.

Marc is the engineer-of-record on over 400 solar projects, 80 microgrid and energy storage projects totaling over 75 MWh of energy storage capacity, and a dozen utility-scale solar projects. Marc is a NABCEP-certified Systems Inspector, one of only 40 worldwide.

Marc’s prior career focused on ocean engineering and data center engineering and construction. He managed engineering at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution – building solar-powered undersea equipment, robotics, instrumentation, and various marine-related projects. After that, Marc directed engineering and construction of data centers and telecom infrastructure for Verizon. This diverse experience is the foundation for his expertise in solar energy, advanced technology, and energy performance of commercial buildings.

Marc also is involved in a variety of nonprofit and governmental entities. This includes a decade on Planning and Zoning Commissions, and five years on the Board of Directors of the US Green Building Council in St Louis with two years as Board President.

Marc is a regular speaker, presenter and trainer on solar-energy-related topics to trade groups, firefighters, and first responders. He is a solar-energy technical advisor to the World Bank for the Eastern Caribbean, and a peer reviewer of hurricane survivability for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Recently he was a panel member at the 2017 Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum discussing next generation microgrids and in 2018 at the Puerto Rico Solar Energy Industries Association discussing distributed generation, reliability and survivability in the Caribbean.

Education & Licensure

  • BS Ocean Engineering – University of Rhode Island and Florida Atlantic University
  • MS Civil Engineering – Florida Atlantic University
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (New York, Nevada, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Florida, and NCEES listed)
  • LEED Accredited Professional (US Green Building Council), 2006; Board of Directors, 2008-2013
  • NABCEP-Certified Solar Installation Professional, 2010
  • New York NYSERDA Approved PV Installer, 2012
  • Illinois Certified Distributed Generation Installer, 2014
  • Missouri Energy Code Governor’s Steering Committee, 2014
  • Illinois Grow Solar Commission, 2015
  • NESC and IEEE Working Committee on Battery Safety, 2016
  • NABCEP-Certified Photovoltaic System Inspector, 2017