Blog Published: June 2019
It feels good to buy local, but the research also shows that choosing locally owned businesses has a positive impact on our communities. Small, local companies are linked to more jobs and better wages while also recirculating more money within the community. But do consumers have to spend more to support local businesses? No! Many local companies find ways to remain competitive. For Namaste Solar, we have been able to offer top value with competitive pricing in part due to our membership in the Amicus Solar Cooperative. If you’re looking for the best local solar company in your area, look for an Amicus member near you.
What is the Amicus Solar Cooperative?
The Amicus Solar Cooperative is made up of 52 member-owners across 39 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Amicus members pool together their buying power, allowing these locally owned and independently operated companies to compete against national companies. In addition, Amicus member share best practices and information to improve their operations and increase the value they are able to offer customers.
Why choose an Amicus member company?
The Amicus Solar Cooperative is a great resource to use when searching for the best local solar company in your area. When vetting members, Amicus looks at how long the solar company has been in business, its local reputation, financial strength, quality of workmanship, and more to find high quality members. In addition to keeping your money local, 40% of Amicus members (including Namaste Solar) are Certified B Corporations. Certified B Corps meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency, and are using business as a force for change across the world.
Namaste Solar and Amicus
Namaste Solar was one of the founding members of Amicus, and in fact the CEO of Amicus, Stephen Irvin, was CFO at Namaste Solar when the Amicus cooperative was founded. We had seen the benefits of a cooperative model within our own company, so it made sense to support a solar cooperative that joined together solar installers from across the country. Instead of struggling to purchase panels through a solar distributor, Namaste Solar and the other installers were able to leverage national purchasing power, learn from an experienced network of professionals, and remain locally owned and operated.
The Best Local Solar Company
When looking for the best local solar company, the Amicus Solar Cooperative is a great place to start your search. You’ll find high quality solar companies that are operated locally, and because Amicus members pool together their buying power, you don’t have to sacrifice when it comes to cost. You can support local business and get the top value in solar with competitive pricing. Find an Amicus member near you.