Amicus Solar Cooperative member owners are committed to the cause of spreading renewable energy. They have an average of 15 years in the solar industry and are invested in the long-term, not just until the solar incentives run out. They also stand for quality, making sure their customers’ solar installations operate for 20+ years.
AMECO Solar is one of 36 member owners of Amicus Solar Cooperative. They are located in Southern California; headquartered in Paramount CA. Founded in 1974 AMECO has over 40 years of experience in solar installation and has installed over 1600 homes in their area. To AMECO, solar installation is not just a business; it is a mission.
Their mission: to help Californians be more sustainable through affordable solar energy. As the local solar expert since 1974, AMECO’s objective is to continue to offer reliable affordable solar solutions.
Such longevity in the solar industry is in part due to AMECO diversifying their offerings. AMECO installs solar electric, solar pool heating and solar hot water for homes as well as commercial solar. For homeowners, AMECO uses its 40 years of experience to help their customers choose solar products that are well built and reliable. They have a customer first philosophy, which is demonstrated by the fact that 30% of their new business is through referrals and another 10% is repeat customers. In addition, they have proven, with a 40-year track record, that they will be around to support their customers long after the solar panels have been installed.
In the commercial market, AMECO has excelled as well. They installed a thin-film installation on a curved metal roof for the Wellness Center, funded by Orange County Health Agency, which was quite an accomplishment. Recently they have been “solarizing” the retirement communities in Leisure World. And AMECO helped the California Aquatic Therapy and Wellness Center install solar pool heating twice, once in 1981 and again in 2013, including helping them acquire multiple grants.
The main factor to AMECO’s success is their focus on quality; quality products and quality employees. AMECO carefully selects quality products that have and will continue to stand the test of time. For Residential Solar Electric, the panels AMECO uses typically have a 25-year power warranty. Inverters too can have warranties from 20-25 years. In addition AMECO offers a 10-year warranty on their workmanship in installing solar.
They can offer this warranty on workmanship because they hire quality employees. By offering fair wages, full-time employment and full benefits, AMECO believes they can attract higher quality employees who will get the job done right the first time. One of these quality employees is a NABCEP certified installer. “NABCEP is the most respected, well-established, and widely recognized certification organization for North American solar professionals.” Offering quality products and workmanship means they can continue to install new systems, instead of servicing warranties.
The proof that AMECO’s employees do quality work is seen in 3rd party reviews. Solar Reviews is a site specifically for finding quality solar installation professionals. In a 5-point rating system, AMECO scores a 4.92 with 63 ratings. On Angie’s List AMECO has an A rating with 28 reviews. On Yelp, AMECO scores 4 out 5 with 17 reviews.
With quality as their primary focus, it is easy to see why AMECO has endured for more than 40 years in the solar industry. Their philosophy to get it right the first time has been substantiated by their ratings on public review sites. They will continue to be Southern California’s local solar expert, offering quality options in solar installation to their customers. Amicus Solar Cooperative is pleased to name AMECO Solar as one of its member owners.