INFOGRAPHIC: The History of AMECO Solar


Happy Anniversary to AMECO Solar! This year our solar installation company is celebrating our 40th anniversary.

That’s right, forty years! We’ve officially made it over the hill and are taking a look back on the history of our company. From our humble beginnings in 1974 to our many solar successes today in 2014, it has been a bright and sunny journey. Read on below for details on some of our highlighted accomplishments.

1974: Our company is founded under its original name Link (& Sun) Solar. Shortly thereafter, the name is changed to AMECO Solar, Inc.

1978: Congress passes the Energy Tax Act giving homeowners a tax credit for installing solar thermal panels. The law is seen as a way to promote energy conservation and shift away from using oil and gas.

1980: AMECO Solar joins CALSEIA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading solar technology in the state. Later on, Patrick Redgate (our CEO) serves as an elected member.

1982: Thousands of Californians go solar taking advantage of the federal tax credit and the state’s generous rebates. AMECO Solar adds two offices to our original location in Long Beach.

1985: California’s Contractors State License Board (CSLB) creates a license specifically for solar contractors. AMECO Solar is one of the first solar companies to receive it and is given License #483280.

1996: Thanks to Governor Pete Wilson and the State Legislature, California offers solar rebates and incentives through the Emerging Renewables Program for solar electric systems.

2004: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger promotes the Million Solar Roofs Program, challenging Californians to install 3,000 megawatts by 2017 to cut down on the output of greenhouse gasses.

2007: Authorized by the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Solar Initiative launches with new solar rebates for homeowners and businesses who are customers of SCE, PG&E and SDG&E.

2008: Now that the cost of solar is low and significant rebates are available, AMECO helps even more Californians go solar. We outgrow our offices yet again and move to our current location in Paramount.

2010: Because customers rate us so highly and write such great reviews on Angie’s List, AMECO Solar is awarded our first Angie’s List Super Service Award. We also receive this award in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

2014: AMECO Solar celebrates 40 years of installing solar panels for homeowners and businesses in Southern California. As we look back on our solar success, we are also looking forward to an even brighter future.

The following sources were referenced for this solar infographic: California Energy Commission, California Solar Initiative, Environment California, Wikipedia, Angie’s List, Contractors State Licensing Board, and The Capital Environmental News.