About Azimuth Renewables

Azimuth Renewables is a full-service solar energy development company with a proven track record of working closely with local communities to deliver clean, affordable utility-scale solar projects that benefit you and your community, while also providing maximum performance for investors.

We evaluate and assess your land for solar power options that will have the most significant benefit but the lowest impact on your land. Our customers know that the key to a successful solar project is creating strong partners to ensure the process goes smoothly from start to finish.

We’re based in the heart of the Midwest in St. Louis, Missouri, but serve the entire U.S.


DAVID BUNGE, President

Azimuth Renewables is led by David Bunge. He has been active in developing utility-scale solar projects since 2007. David has directly developed over 100MW of utility-scale solar projects throughout the United States. Many of these projects have been some of the first utility-scale projects deployed in markets such as Oregon, Missouri and Indiana. David has successfully negotiated PPAs with utilities across the country including Duke Energy, Pacificorp, Dominion (formerly South Carolina Gas & Electric), and Intermountain Rural Electric.

Prior to joining Azimuth Renewables, David served as Vice President of Strategic Development for Cypress Creek Renewables (CCR) from 2014-2019. In this role, David was instrumental in CCRs deployment of over 1.5GW of solar. David has also managed his own development company and served in senior leadership roles throughout the solar industry.

David has extensive business development experience in the solar industry and holds an MBA from NC State University and a B.A. in History from Davidson College.


ETHAN CASE, Vice President of Development

Ethan has worked in clean energy strategy, policy, and development roles for 10 years. He began his career with an energy policy focus and spent two years working on US Department of Energy clean energy contracts at the North Carolina Clean Technology Center based within North Carolina State University. He shifted to the private sector in 2016 and has since worked for and consulted with multiple renewable energy firms, including Cypress Creek Renewables. Ethan has served on multiple solar trade association boards and in elected industry leadership roles.

He earned his BA from Davidson College and a Masters of Environmental Management with an energy concentration from Duke University. Ethan currently lives in Durham, North Carolina and manages the Carolinas team.


TOM CHILES, Project Developer

Tom started his energy career in 2010 as a Public Utility Specialist for the United States General Services Administration, as a technical contracting specialist of bulk electricity purchases and energy management programs for the federal government’s nationwide building portfolio. In 2014 Tom was tapped to join the team implementing President Obama’s Executive Order 13514, requiring federal agencies to incorporate renewable energy into their electricity consumption. This resulted in signing over 200MW of wind and solar energy from new generation sources. Wanting to join the world of solar development, Tom next went to work in the field as a construction foreman, to learn the solar business literally from the ground up. He spent the next several years traveling around the country supervising the construction of solar systems up to 126MW. After cutting his teeth in the field, Azimuth Renewables was the ideal home to apply his rich and varied experience to development, in the hopes of having maximum impact on furthering the country’s energy transition towards renewables.


ZACHARY KELLEY, Project Developer

Zach joined the Azimuth Renewables team in 2023. Zach leverages his previous experience in private equity and his background in hospitality to bring a unique perspective to the Project Developer role. In this role, Zach contributes to the development of sustainable solar energy solutions that will have a positive impact on our planet.


MIKE KOEHLER, Director of Solar Development, Midwest Region

Mike Koehler leads Azimuth Renewables’ utility-scale solar portfolio primarily in the Midwest. Mike has over 8 years of experience in utility-scale solar project development, acquisition, finance & asset management. Throughout his career, Mike has directly developed and managed operations of over 200MW of utility-scale solar projects across the U.S. worth an estimated $400 million in total project value.

Prior to joining Azimuth in 2022, Mike served 7 years as Chief of Staff & VP, Solar Business Development at Gardner Capital, a private equity firm specializing in renewable energy development and investment. At Gardner, Mike was responsible for the firm’s solar project development, M&A, finance and asset management businesses.

Mike holds an M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ and a B.A. in History from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA.


FRANK J SNELSON, Land Origination Manager

Frank has extensive experience in field engineering, providing services for oil, gas, and mineral exploration in the Rocky Mountain and Central Plains. He is a Missouri certified General real estate appraiser skilled in land use issues and real estate valuation. In 2007, he merged his energy and real estate careers with a focus on utility scale renewable technologies.

Frank served in State & Federal agency long range energy planning efforts and brings his extensive experience and skills to various areas of solar energy project development for Azimuth Renewables.

Track Record of Success

Transactions to Date:

  • Over 1GW across multiple project portfolios in the Midwest
  • Successfully negotiated interconnection agreements with multiple utility companies


  • Successfully zoned projects in numerous jurisdictions
  • Experience obtaining state and federal permits from various regulators

Site Control:

  • Over 5,000+ acres of distribution interconnected projects in the Midwest
  • Over 4,000+ acres of transmission interconnected projects in the Midwest


  • Experience to accurately identify project locations with minimal upgrades and low interconnection costs
  • Secured interconnection agreements from MISO and multiple utility companies

Do you have questions about the ways solar can benefit you and your land?