A-C Solar Ranks #6 Commercial Solar Contractor In The US

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 26, 2017 2017 A-C Solar Rankings #6 Commercial Solar Contractor in US #10 Solar Contractor in California #20 EPC Contractor in US #42 Solar Contractor in US   A-C Solar Recognized as a Top Solar Contractor in California The Solar Power World Top Solar Contractors list includes Bakersfield-based solar firm BAKERSFIELD, CALIF.—Coming off the biggest year ever for U.S. solar installations, local installer A-C Solar by A-C Electric Company is proud to be named one of the top solar contractors in the United States by Solar Power World magazine. A-C achieved a rank of #6 Commercial Solar Contractor in the U.S. among other prestigious rankings. The Top Solar Contractors list is developed by Solar Power World to recognize the work completed by solar contractors across the United States. Produced annually, the Top Solar Contractors list celebrates the achievements of U.S. solar developers, subcontractors and installers within the utility, commercial and residential markets. The list was released on July 25. “The 2017 Top Solar Contractors list features 500 of the best solar contractors in the United States,” said Kelly Pickerel, managing […]

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A-C Electric Company Ranks #1 In Fresno Market For Second Year In A Row

(January 17, 2017 – Fresno, Calif.) A-C Electric Company is named #1 Solar Company in the Fresno Business Journal’s 2017 Book of Lists, published January 17, 2017. The firm installed over 45 megawatts of solar in the Fresno area and an additional 57 megawatts throughout the rest of the state, nearly doubling their previous cumulative total. This means the solar installed by A-C in 2016 will power 25,500 Central Valley homes for one year. “The substantial growth A-C has seen in our solar group over the last year is truly remarkable,” said David L. Morton, Vice President of Operations for A-C Electric Company. “Our team has continued to provide the highest standards of design and installation while still maintaining our personal connection with each and every customer. The team’s ability to evaluate energy needs, design custom solution, procure multiple financing options, and support our customers with post-installation system monitoring is unparalleled in the industry making this #1 ranking possible.” This is also the second consecutive year that A-C Electric Company was ranked the #8 Solar Commercial Contractor in North America […]

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Blue Blazers: Jason Jones For Safety

(Bakersfield, Calif.) A-C Electric Company is pleased to announce our very first Blue Blazers winner – Jason Jones! Jason was first introduced to A-C in the early 2000’s during his Apprenticeship. In 2010, he joined A-C full-time as a Service Technician and has grown into his current role as a Foreman specializing in heavy industrial/controls and high voltage projects. He was chosen to be this month’s winner because of his dedication to ‘blazing a trail’ of safety at A-C. He is a member of SAT, Safety Advisory Team, and visits various job sites to perform Job Hazard Analysis reports for the Safety Committee. In addition to his official safety roles, Jason has been a key member in implementing the 360 vehicle walk around. He also mentors our Apprentices and Journeymen Electricians on High Voltage Splicing. In his previous career, Jason served our country as an Electronics Technician 2nd Class in the Navy. Jason’s assignments included: Training Staff Member at the Nuclear Powered Training Unit in Charleston, SC; Safety Division Leading Petty Officer; and operating a 475 MW nuclear reactor on board […]

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For Second Consecutive Year Bakersfield Electrical Company Ranked #8 Commercial Solar Contractor In North America

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (July 28, 2016 – Bakersfield, Calif.) – A-C Electric Company has received a top ten ranking for the second year in a row. The #8 placement for Commercial Solar Contractor in North America was announced this week by Solar Power World (solarpowerworldonline.com), a solar industry publication whose annual Top 500 Solar Contractors list is the industry’s gold standard. “The companies on this year’s list exude solar-business brilliance, and they deserve to be recognized not only for being great companies but also for how their work positively impacts the environment,” said Kathie Zipp, managing editor of Solar Power World. The U.S. solar market is expected to grow 119% this year, according to global research firm GTM Research. While a majority of solar electricity is produced at large, utility-scale solar power plants, the greatest number of solar jobs are created by companies like A-C Electric Company—firms doing the work to bring substantial financial savings and clean energy to the public. “When we worked with PG&E to install the first grid connected solar power plant in California back in 1993, […]

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Safety First!

We recently received this email from Jamie Willson, EHS&S Manager at SunPower. The following conversation took place at Centennial High School one of the 26 sites in Bakersfield where A-C Electric Company is working with SunPower on the installation of solar carport shade structures. Safety at all times, but especially around the students in our community, is of the utmost importance to us.  We are proud of our team and how evident our commitment to safety is to our partners and the community. Good Afternoon Team, I had the honor to spend some time with our SunPower team and our contractor A-C Electric Company at Centennial High School and Mira Monte High School in Bakersfield for World Safety Day this morning. I provided some coffee and muffins for the group. We discussed SunPower’s Stop Work program and being aware of surroundings. Additionally, we discussed how important it is to report any issues or incidents as soon as it happens. A-C has been a great contractor to work with, as well as their safety team Marc and Gary. As we were […]

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A-C Electric Company Earns Top Spot in Fresno

(January 26, 2016 – Fresno, Calif.)  A-C Electric Company is named #1 Solar Company in the Fresno Business Journal’s 2016 Book of Lists, published January 22, 2016! “A link to the Journal’s online listing will be posted as soon as it is available on their website, but we couldn’t wait to celebrate,” said David L. Morton, Vice President of Operations for A-C Electric Company. “I am so proud of our team.  They are experts at finding the ideal solutions for each and every customer; evaluation of energy needs, custom design, multiple financing options, system monitoring and guaranteed performance.  It’s no surprise the A-C team earned top honors in the solar category.  As a local company that has been around for 70 years, we have to hold ourselves to the highest standards.” A-C Electric Company was also recently ranked #8 in North America for Solar Commercial Contractors by Solar Power World.  Solar Power World is an industry leading source for solar technology, development and installation news.  Their annual list of solar contractors is North America’s authoritative standard in for the solar […]

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A-C Electric Company Ranks #8 in North America

(August 14, 2015 – Bakersfield, Calif.) – A-C Electric Company earned the ranking of #8 on the recent Solar Power World 2015 Top Solar Commercial Contractors list and #33 on the overall list of the Top 500 Solar Contractors in North America.  The rankings were published in the July 2015 edition of Solar Power World and online at solarpowerworldonline.com.   “We were able to place in the top 10% of the categories which we serve.  We feel this is quite an achievement” said Vice President, Operations David L. Morton. “Being able to draw on the resources and experience of a 70-year old electrical construction company has allowed us to scale up to meet the market demands while maintaining the quality and service that our customers deserve.” Morton went on to report that A-C Electric Company’s solar engineering, procurement, and construction division has tripled its market share in the last 12 months.   The rankings are: #8 for 2015 Top Solar Commercial Contractors #33 for 2015 Top 500 North American Solar Contractors #20 for 2015 Top Solar EPCs #13 for 2015 […]

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A-C Electric Company Wins 2015 California Family Business Award

Bakersfield, CA May 15, 2015 – A-C Electric Company, a third-generation Central Valley electrical contractor, received the 2015 California Family Business of the Year Award bestowed by The Institute for Family Business in conjunction with the Craig School of Business – a division of CSU Fresno. The Institute for Family Business seeks to honor family owned businesses for their longevity and dedication to growing local economies. Family owned businesses contribute 57% of the U.S. GDP and employ 63% of the nation’s workforce1. However, only 12% of those businesses continue to the third generation2. During the nomination process A-C was asked to define what contributed to their third-generation success. There were several key factors including sourcing outside expertise, having a strong board of directors, and staying true to the company’s family values. But the one answer that kept surfacing was the original vision of Joe Alexander, A-C Electric Company’s founder, “we want to create better jobs for better people.” The Alexander family is truly humbled to receive this recognition. “We have several families who are working on two generations at A-C, […]

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A-C Solar in the News

Solar Power World Podcast We recently had the opportunity to join Kelly Pickerel from Solar Power World for a podcast. Listen here: The only way to survive multiple decades of business is to evolve with the times. Seventy-year-old A-C Electric was approached in the early 2000s to assist contractors on solar projects in California’s Central Valley. Ten years later, its spinoff A-C Solar functions as its own EPC with a steady stream of projects out of its Bakersfield, Visalia and Fresno divisions. “Getting that early start has been very helpful,” said Jeff Petrini, energy manager. “It has given us the ability to grow along with the technology.” A-C installs all types of projects but primarily focuses on the commercial, industrial and non-profit segments. The Central Valley is a hub for agriculture and manufacturing, so there is an abundance of businesses that benefit from solar. A-C considers itself a local company and attributes its success to building relationships with the community and its customers. “It’s important to us to give the best effort that we can because it’s more than just […]

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LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL FIRST IN THE COUNTY TO ADOPT SOLAR POWER

Bakersfield Christian High School Partners With Local Solar Company for Carport Shade Structure Project For Immediate Release October 13, 2014         Bakersfield, CA In a world of ever rising educational costs it can be a challenge for schools to balance tuition expenses without sacrificing an exceptional education. Bakersfield Christian High School has chosen to meet this challenge with an innovative solution- solar power. With ground breaking this week the student body, faculty, and staff at BCHS will soon be reaping the benefits of their solar carport shade structures. This 500kW system will account for approximately 95% of the school’s current utility usage, the equivalent to powering 65 local homes. The decision to add a solar power system to the BCHS campus was a simple one. “We have a motto at BCHS: Honor God…Helping Students Soar! Quite simply, we believe that conserving the resources God has given us is one more way to honor Him. He has given us these resources and told us to manage them wisely.” says Stephen Dinger, President of BCHS. “We are striving to […]

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