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NABCEP Certification!

We are thrilled to announce that A1A Solar Contracting, Inc. has received NABCEP Company Accreditation® as of December 9, 2022! We are very proud to be one of seven companies nationwide and one of only three companies in Florida to receive the company accreditation.

NABCEP Company Accreditation is the most prestigious accolade that a PV installation company can earn in the renewable energy industry. NABCEP’s Company Accreditation program provides a way for residential renewable energy installation companies to distinguish themselves by adhering to a set of industry-recognized best practices. Companies who qualify for accreditation meet all NABCEP requirements (an established set of benchmark requirements concerning staffing and policies) and pass a minimum of three randomly selected inspections of completed installations. We would like to give a shout-out to Pietro Ignacio, our O&M, QA, and Service Manager, for taking the lead on this effort and his painstaking work to gather all the appropriate documentation required for the accreditation.

For solar customers, buying from a NABCEP Accredited Residential PV Installation Company ensures that your provider is committed to

  • high-quality installation standards.
  • hiring fully trained and qualified staff.
  • safe work practices.
  • accountability to the customer.

A1A Solar is pleased to be among the few who have achieved this accreditation. We strive to uphold these standards every day and are continuously improving our processes to achieve superior customer service and quality installations. We welcome an opportunity to work with you on your solar PV and energy storage needs. Call us today!

“NABCEP marks are registered trademark(s) of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners® (NABCEP®), used here with permission.”

Seasonal Solar Production Swings – What to Expect

Here at A1A Solar, we are on a mission to advance the transition of our community to clean energy Independence. Since we’re in Fall a lot of our customers are having reduced solar performance. You can rest assured as performance is measured on an annual basis, so expect seasonal swings with your solar array in terms of Harvest. Click the following video to learn more about how seasonal swings affect your solar harvest.

How to Make a Service Request

Did you know A1A Solar has a service request form? At this time all service requests are handled through this form. We keep records of all service request forms, with updated tracking to give you a better experience. If you need to request service click the following link: https://a1asolar.com/contact/service-request/

Come Join A1A Solar at the 2022 Right Whale Festival

A1A Solar will be participating in the 2022 Right Whale Festival at booth 48 in celebration of the annual return of endangered North Atlantic right whales. The 2022Right Whale Festival will be held Saturday, Nov 5, 2022, 10 am-6 pm, and Sunday, Nov 6, 2022, 10 am-3 pm at Main Beach Park, Fernandina Beach.

The Right Whale Festival commends the annual return of endangered North Atlantic right whales to the warm coastal water off northeast Florida and Georgia, where they give birth to and nurse their young. With less than 350 remaining, it’s essential we prepare this ocean nursery for these young right whales which are vital to this species’ recovery. Join us in celebrating the right whales while learning how you can help prepare the calving grounds and protect the right whales! The festival highlights local efforts to protect these whales from extinction, as well as ocean-themed activities and exhibits that emphasize education and environmentally responsible adventures and products. We hope to see you there! (Free Admission)

For more information click here

Tesla Powerwall+

Did you or a loved one experience a power outage during Hurricane Ian? With A1A Solar battery backup systems, you can be assured that you will have power when the grid goes down. A1A Solar has a range of solar battery backup systems to choose from, Tesla Powerwall+ being our most recommended.


What is Telsa Powerwall+



Tesla Powerwall+ is an integrated battery system that stores your solar energy for backup protection, so your power stays on when the grid goes down. Equipped with a Gateway management system and a built-in inverter, Tesla Powerwall+ allows you to monitor your solar energy in real time.



Why Choose Powerwall+



The Tesla Powerwall+ offers the highest standard of residential solar batteries available on the market. With easy installation and minimalist construction, Powerwall+ complements an assortment of home architecture and solar systems. With a compact design, Powerwall+ allows for versatile mounting options for indoor or outdoor spaces.



A1A Solar is an Official Distributor

We are an official distributor of Tesla Powerwall+. With Tesla Powerwall+ you can rest easy that your home will have power. A1A Solar is available to answer any questions on Tesla Powerwall+ plus installation or pricing.

Changes to Solar Incentives

Don’t wait too long…

Many Florida utilities still provide true net-metering, although there is strong pressure from utility companies from every direction to end net-metering. So, if you have true net-metering (i.e., FPL and FPUC) do not expect this to last forever.

As of August 16, 2022 when The Inflation Reduction Act was signed into law the IRS federal tax credit was increased to 30% for 2022-2032 for residential and commercial solar PV and solar PV plus energy storage (batteries).  For stand-alone battery projects installed in 2022 the IRS federal tax credit remains at 26%, then in 2023 it increases to 30% through 2032.  Then it will step down to 26% in 2033 and 22% in 2034.

With this increase to the IRS federal tax credit for the next 10 years, now is a great time to go solar or add more solar panels or batteries to your existing system!

Solar Haven Community

Solar Haven Community Development
We are pleased to announce that A1A Solar has partnered with a development company that is moving forward with a 900-home project with commercial and retail features in North Florida. This development will have highly efficient and sustainable houses and take advantage of renewable energy, energy management, along with being EV friendly as well as water conservation technologies. This is intended to be a net-positive energy community, exporting a surplus of green electricity within its region on an annual basis.

Solar Haven Community Investment Opportunity
Funding for this project will be by sustainability-focused investors. The first funding offering is now available to the public with as little as $100 for share ownership. This first round of funding is to purchase and secure approximately 1,300 acres in Bunnell, FL. The land will collateralize the shares purchased in this funding round. If you wish to be an investor and even perhaps a future resident of this community, please go to https://wefunder.com/solarhavencommunity/buzz for more information.

Electric Vehicles

We have some good news to share!

Electric Vehicle sales have been growing strongly and now with many lower priced EVs on the market, driving on electrons is just about mainstream. The economics now surpass conventional fuel vehicles and require very little maintenance.

A1A Solar is currently focused on the residential and small commercial solar market. For residential customers we are offering the Tesla products, including our best-selling Tesla Powerwall 2.0 home energy storage system. We also offer the Enphase suite of products including the Enphase IQ Battery system.

A1A Solar is phasing out our fossil fuel vehicles with the new Ford all electric e-Transit 3500 Vans that will be charged by the solar PV system at our headquarters. 100% of our office/warehouse consumption and about 30% of our vehicle miles will be fueled by domestic American sunshine harvested on our roof. This has been a dream and expectation of mine since A1A Solar was formed in 2010 and we are here now! The way I see it, since EVs are normally charged at the home, solar panels and EVs go together like peanut butter and jelly!

The great news is the latest generation solar with storage systems have the sophistication and reliability only dreamed of in previous generations with pricing that is surprisingly low given the capability. Many of our customers want the security of longer-term grid-down capability without the limitations, noise, and inconvenience of a typical generator. If you have not explored the newest battery-based systems, you will certainly be impressed.

Solar Incentives

Solar panel against blue sky
Solar panel against blue sky
Solar panel against blue sky

Many Florida utilities still provide true net-metering, although there is strong pressure from utility companies from every direction to end net-metering. So, if you have true net-metering (i.e., FPL and FPUC) do not expect this to last too much longer.

The IRS federal tax credit is scheduled to drop from 26% to 22% January 1, 2023, and then expire in 2024 for residential solar.

The bottom line is that if you wish to go solar or add more solar panels or batteries to your existing system, right now the incentive is the highest it will likely ever be.

A1A Solar — Top Solar Contractors

Did you know that A1A Solar never stopped installing solar power and battery systems during the pandemic? Currently, sales and installs are running strong without any significant equipment supply issues. Many thanks go to our channel partners, customers, and employees.  

The stability of A1A Solar to ride through difficult times does have more rewards beyond just staying in business, especially when we learned that Solar Power World’s National “2022 Top Solar Contractors” Rankings were recently announced, and A1A Solar Contracting was included!

We are ranked (in the residential category):

  • 364th Nationally
  • 30th in Florida for Solar PV volume
  • 74th in Florida for Solar PV plus Energy Storage System’s volume

This survey only ranks installation volume and does not evaluate installation quality or customer satisfaction. For the record, A1A Solar ONLY focuses on doing high-quality solar and storage installations in the North Florida/Southeast Georgia markets with superior customer service.