Amicus Solar Cooperative

Solar equipment, project finance, and marketing services.

Boulder, Colorado

United States

amicussolar.com

About Amicus Solar Cooperative

Amicus Solar Cooperative was founded in 2011 with the mission to support independent solar energy businesses working to create a market solution to climate change. Initially, the primary function of the purchasing cooperative was to aggregate the buying power of the member companies to attain better pricing on equipment. They chose the cooperative model for its egalitarian structure, whereby members own the company, each have one vote, and share equally in the profit. This model is well established in other industries, but is very unique to the solar world.

While the initial concept was narrow in scope, the cooperative has grown into a true community of like-minded solar energy companies, who share ideas, best practices, and business opportunities. The people involved have formed a trusted support network where they can seek advice on their business problems, and not feel so alone in navigating the challenges of the very dynamic solar industry. Amicus Solar Cooperative incorporates the interests of many stakeholders: members, suppliers, and customers and employees of the member companies when they make decisions. They believe that this is truly a better way to do business, and it is aligned with cooperative values as well.

Amicus Solar Cooperative operates in a different paradigm than the traditional B2C or B2B models. Today, they are a group of over 35 solar energy companies, who benefit by collaborating to lower customer acquisition costs, streamline project financing and increase ability to perform. Their member-owners experience the benefits of vertical integration, such as purchasing power, without sacrificing control over their individual missions. Amicus is jointly-owned and democratically-managed by our member companies.

We became a B Corp because our founding core values of Transparency, Respect, Fairness, and Cooperation are integral to how we do business. About a third of our member companies are also B Corp Certified and we are committed to the standards of a B Corp.

The Change We Seek®

Amicus Solar Cooperative wants to make renewable energy available to everyone. Through their support, their members are able to stay competitive and offer renewable energy at an affordable price.

They want to promote our core values in all businesses. They do so by having regular member meetings, sharing operational, financial and marketing practices.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

November 2015
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

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7
Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

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18
Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

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N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

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17
Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

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Overall B Score
84
55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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