Happy National Shout Out for Solar Day!

Solar once again celebrated a very successful year for 2014! With paybacks continuously improving, more people employed, and the best year for solar ahead of us, we’re excited to shout out for solar in 2015! Show your support by uploading a photo and using the hashtag #GoSolar on your favorite social media website! Or can […]

Happy Holidays From Your Local Solar Expert!

Happy Holidays, everyone! During this time of year, we reflect on many things. We spend time with family and remember the simple things that make us happy. We reflect on the year that has passed and the year ahead. This last year was a wonderful success thanks to our fabulous customers and dedicated employees! We […]

The 2016 Solar Funnel

What’s the Difference going Solar in 2015, 2016, or 2017? The best year to go solar will be 2015 because at its end, on December 31st, “Net Metering” in California will expire.  Net Energy Metering (NEM) is shorthand for the PUC rule which instructs utilities to credit a customer’s consumption for the generation of CLEAN […]

National Drive Electric Week: An Ode to Electric Vehicles

Next week is National Drive Electric Week! EV drivers will be setting out for events throughout the country to celebrate electric vehicle adoption! Long Beach held a large event at Palm Beach Park last year where many enthusiasts and manufacturers offered free test drives. Even Irvine-based Pedego Bikes offered their electric bikes  for a test […]

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Power Purchase Agreements Unmasked

Power purchase agreements (PPAs) are another third-party financing option that has helped solar. Basically, a power purchase agreement is a contract to buy the electricity produced #Synonyms. Typically, there is no money down and it’ll be less than what you’re paying your utility. PPAs are how most big energy is financed. A power plant is […]

Our Drought Needs More Sun

It sounds like we’re saying, “This wildfire sure could use some gasoline!” But more sun may just be a big part of the answer to our drought. There are cities that don’t have running water, and it’s past time to think about making big changes. Our water problem is out of hand and our energy […]

The Permitting Thorn in Solar’s Side

Solar isn’t going to get much cheaper if we don’t do anything about soft costs.  Soft costs involve things other than the equipment and labor. They include permitting, interconnection regulations, customer acquisition, and so on.  Permitting adds time and cost to solar systems.  Plenty of communities have streamlined their solar permit process to make it […]

Does our A+ BBB Rating Mean Anything?

Did you know we’re a better business? Like we’re actually accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB)?  Pretty awesome, right? Not so much because what do they do?  When I was a child, I thought they were part of the government like the Department of Labor protecting worker rights.  Thank you California public education for […]

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When is the Right Time to go Solar?

The right time to go solar might not surprise you.  There isn’t a specific day like, Tuesdays when you should buy airplane tickets, or Super Bowl Sunday to buy a car.  Solar construction can happen year round, so if you’re looking for the best month… it was in March #Sorry.  March gives you the best […]

AMECO Customers: Richard in Long Beach

Location: Long Beach, CA Solar System Type: Solar Electric (PV) Solar System Details:  5.3 kW installed in 2008 & 2.1 kW installed in 2013 Previous Average Bill: $220/month Previous Christmas Bill: $600/month Present: “Having no bill at all for the whole year, makes it really nice.” Richard originally went solar with Ameco in 2008.  He was […]