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LAST UPDATED: October 8th, 2021

Founded in 1974, Ameco Solar is one of the oldest solar companies in the country. The company installs some of the best solar equipment available today, provides a suite of financing options, and holds a number of awards and distinctions that mark Ameco Solar a true expert in the California solar market.

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The Good

  • High-Quality Solar Equipment
  • Company Longevity
  • Additional Solar Services
  • Multiple Financing Options
  • Awards and Certifications

High-Quality Solar Equipment

Ameco Solar provides solar installation services using some of the best, most energy-efficient solar equipment money can buy. With solar panel modules from LG, Panasonic, and Hyundai, and solar inverters from Enphase, SMA, and SolarEdge, the company has aligned itself with industry leaders. LG solar panels average around 22 percent efficiency, second only to SunPower panels, and Enphase inverters allow homeowners to monitor the performance and output of individual panels.

Company Longevity

With increased competition in the solar market, and rapidly decreasing costs, the margin for error for solar companies to not only establish themselves, but build a reliable clientele is slight at best. Many solar companies either grow too fast or not fast enough and in either case go out of business. Ameco Solar has been installing solar panels in Southern California for nearly 50 years, demonstrating the company's elite-level knowledge of both its local market and the solar industry at large. Even after all these years, the company remains competitive, having installed more than 50 megawatts of clean, renewable energy since its founding.

Additional Solar Services

In addition to solar PV systems, Ameco Solar provides customers with supplementary solar devices to help them reduce their energy bill and their carbon footprint all at once:

  • Solar Pools — Solar pool heaters can dramatically reduce a homeowner’s energy bill, so much so that they end up paying for themselves after only two or three years. Professionally installed solar pool heaters can last upwards of 15 to 20 years.
  • Solar Water Heaters — Solar water heaters require almost no maintenance once installed, and qualify for state-level warranties that can reduce the upfront costs of the solar panel system by 50 to 60 percent.
  • Solar EV Charging Stations — A solar EV charging station can increase home value and triple energy savings, not to mention save on the thousands of dollars in gas California drivers spend each year.

Multiple Financing Options

Ameco Solar provides customers with a variety of financing options to help them make the switch to solar. In addition to direct purchase, the company offers the following options: 

  • Solar Loan — A solar loan requires zero money upfront, qualifies homeowners for both federal-level and state-level tax credits, and will translate to long-term savings over the 25-year life of the solar energy system.
  • Solar Lease — Solar leases are a cost-effective way to go solar without paying tens of thousands of dollars upfront; homeowners effectively rent the system for a low monthly fee, and the burden of ownership (installation and maintenance costs) lies squarely with the installation company.
  • Solar PPA — A power purchase agreement works much like a solar loan, only the homeowner will pay monthly for the power the system produces, often at a lower rate than their monthly utility bill.

Awards and Certifications

Ameco Solar has been the recipient of numerous awards and certifications within the solar industry. The company has been certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), considered the gold standard for exams that promote best practices and industry standards in solar.

Ameco Solar was also a recipient of Solar Power World magazine’s “Top 500 Solar Contractors” list every year between 2012 and 2016. This distinction is awarded to local companies that have made a significant impact in their communities in terms of the amount of solar energy they’ve installed.

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The Bad

  • California-Only Installer

California-Only Installer

Unfortunately, Ameco Solar’s services are limited to California. And while the company has been around for decades, it still operates in a highly competitive field. Promoting verified Ameco Solar reviews can be an effective way for the company to stand out from the crowd.

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The Bottom Line

Ameco Solar has been in business since the 1970s for a reason: it provides quality solar panel installations and holds all the necessary certifications and industry partnerships needed to help it build systems that last. New customers are strongly encouraged to obtain a free estimate from the company; existing customers are encouraged to leave a review, and share their experience with Ameco Solar.

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Cara Kirton Los Angeles, CA

I'm very excited to save the planet, and I just wanted to share how smoothly the entire process went from beginning to end. The team was prompt, responsive, and did everything just as they promised. I highly recommend this company.

4 months ago

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Rosary Well Fresno, CA

Best value for hard-earned money. They are willing to go out of their way to ensure you are satisfied with every milestone throughout the project. The few hiccups we had were not their fault but they fixed them in no time. Proud to recommend this company!

5 months ago

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Zander Lapena Los Angeles, CA

We love how this company addressed our concerns and reassured us with safe and thorough installation. We were so excited about going solar but we had numerous questions about the possible risks given that the initial outlay can be significant. Each step of the way was explained clearly. The installation crew also did their work with expertise and utmost respect for our space. They met and exceeded our expectations and gave us full confidence all the way through. These are amazing folks and I highly recommend their works.

6 months ago

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Irene Los Angeles, CA

Easy to work with and honest employees. We have installed 18 solar panels on our roof. I really appreciated that they stood behind their work when we called them to fix a very small issue. They fixed it in no time!

5 months ago

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Holmes Gary Los Angeles, CA

Integrity is important in any business. I have worked with this company several times and was always impressed by how they made sure the service and product were to our satisfaction. That's on top of them having a crew that is so friendly and fast-working. Prices are competitive too.

6 months ago

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John Stamper Los Angeles, CA

My system completely stopped working, and they have failed to provide any service. They do not return calls. When I have reached them, they promise to call back but never do. They cited their long history in the industry as a selling point promising reliable service, but they have not lived up to that at all.

2 months ago

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Tom Amitay Garden Grove, CA

Amazing to work with. I’ve installed my system over 10 years ago so far I had no issues with the system. I just had some problems with the inverter I called in and they came in within two days Since I called and fix the issue right away. I am super impressed with the customer service after 10 years!! Highly recommend

10 months ago

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Jason Handler Studio City, CA

I used Ameco solar to install our solar panels on our home in Santa Monica. They were priced well. They offered me a premium panel (LG). They had a strong warranty. I liked that they used all black rails so that the system looks sleek on the roof. They also included all the permit fees and didn't leave those up to me like some of the other companies i met with. Overall they felt solid and they had a long track record....the longest by far! Their installation and communication went very smooth. We will be using them in the near future to add pool solar heaters. Good company!

1 year ago

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Charles Jackson Huntington Beach, CA

During a major remodel we had Ameco install solar panels on our roof tops. To date, our monthly bills have been negative numbers ranging from -10.95 to - 49.50. Their installation was smooth and efficient and the follow ups regarding use, care and problem solving is excellent. We are ahead of schedule for payback on this system. We are averaging 35 kilowatts per day with several months reaching 1 megawatt production.

3 years ago

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James Tanaka Monterey Park, CA

Back in 2008, I had a little extra money and I thought how might I invest it. I use a lot of electricity, so I checked around and chose Ameco Solar and got hooked up to the SCE electrical grid in January of 2009 and have been very pleased. My last bill for February was - $51 ! !! !!! I have produced over 55,000 kwhrs and saved over 100,000 parts of CO2. Until recently, my transmission cost ran under $2.00 a month or about $24.00 a year ! !! !!! Next January I will have a system that has been working for ten years ! !! I am very glad I decided install a solar system using Ameco Solar.

3 years ago

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Phillip G Palise Long Beach, CA

I had my solar system installed by them 9 years ago. Completely satisfied to this date. System works well. They have always answered questions when I have asked. Payoff rate is as predicted or a bit ahead of schedule. A pleasure to work with.

3 years ago

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Tim Phelps Cypress, CA

Great experience from sales to installation and completion. Efficient, smooth, and timely (less what seemed to be time waiting for city inspection/approval). The cost savings to date are well ahead of schedule for cost recovery. Average electric bill is generally for government fees, taxes, and charges.

4 years ago

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Dmitry Irvine, CA

I signed a solar panel installation contract with Ameco Solar in the end of October 2019. According to the contract Ameco had to get all permits and approvals by the mid of December 2019. I planned to install panels by the end of 2019 to get 30% of the Federal incentive. Whole November I emailed them asking if everything is fine and smooth. I did that because I did not feel any activities. Often they did not reply, but when they did they confirmed that everything is good and no reasons not to have panels installed by the end of 2019. In the mid of December when they passed a deadline I asked them again. It turned out that they forgot that I live in HOA area and they have to get an approval from HOA. Also it turned out that they didn't have a city approval. They started promised me that very very soon it will be ready. It was clear for all of us that panels won't be installed in 2019 at least because there was no chance to get HOA approval in Christmas period. I asked them in the end of 2019 that due to the contract breach I want to break the contract and please return my $1000 deposit. And even at that moment (2 weeks after the deadline) they did not get the city approval. They said that since they did some job (drawings) they can't return me my deposit even in case of they breached the contract! I prepared documents to file a small claim and in the end of the January they informed me that they got all approvals, let's proceed. The end of the January, 7 weeks later!!! They had a few attempts to submit drawings but looks like the city returned them papers, though my project is super simple. Right at this moment I notified them that I will sew them and only that helped to get my $1000 back. Amazing! Everyone can fail, but after you failed you can still try to resolve a conflict well. But not Ameco Solar! No one can return me my my time and loss of 4% Federal incentive difference.

1 year ago