• Co-owners Lance McClung & Tim Hamor

    Co-owners Lance McClung & Tim Hamor

About Alternative Energy Systems Inc.

As a family-owned company, we take pride in our reputation for providing reliable, caring, and quality workmanship to local homeowners and members of the business community. We bring the manpower, materials, and resources equivalent to a national company while maintaining our North Valley culture. Each opportunity is treated with the personal care and excellent customer service you would come to expect from a local business.

Making Strides In The North Valley Solar Community


New energy rules are introduced in the state of California and even more utility rate increases are approved. Alternative Energy Systems responds with new solar + storage + financing bundles to meet ongoing customer demand to offset rising energy costs and be more sustainable. The federal gov't increases the solar renewable energy tax credit back up to 30% and extends it for 10 years through 2032, making solar plus storage an even better option for homeowners.


Alternative Energy Systems is awarded its largest public works contract to date with over 1MW of mixed carport and rooftop solar being installed at 5 sites throughout Tehama County. Residential solar demand under NEM 2.0 peaks and thousands of new solar customers get in line to find relief in the face of the highest utility rate increases in California history.

Summer 2021

Alternative Energy Systems adds several new battery products to its portfolio, becoming the only Northern California certified installer for both Tesla Powerwall and Enphase Energy Storage.

Spring 2020

Mastered Virtual Consultations to provide a higher level of service to our customers across Northern California.

Spring 2019

Alternative Energy Systems presented with the SunPower "2018 Commercial Regional Dealer of the Year" award.

Summer 2018

AES unifies both residential and commercial offerings under the Alternative Energy Systems name, and updates iconic tagline and website to SavingEnergyforLife.com.

March 2018

AES becomes the North Valley's first locally-owned Tesla Powerwall Certified Installer.

Spring 2018

SunPower® by Alternative Energy Systems presented with the SunPower "2017 Residential Regional Dealer of the Year" award.

December 2016

New Solar Design Center retail location opened in Chico.

Fall 2015

AES partners with local, Yuba City solar provider, All Solar Electric to expand into the northern Sacramento area.


AES wins SunPower residential Customer Excellence Award (Top dealer out of 450 other dealers).


AES wins SunPower “National Commercial Dealer” recognition.


AES opens a Solar Design Center where customers can come and see SunPower panels in action.


AES partnered with SunPower to become one of three residential Master Dealers.

April 2007

AES starts selling SunPower brand solar panels due to their high-efficiency and best-in-class warranty.

November 2003

Lance and Tim install their first solar system over Thanksgiving weekend.

Award-Winning Service

Alternative Energy Systems is proud to be recognized by SunPower® the last few years, thanks largely to the work of our amazing sales, service, and installation teams. Over the years, we’ve been honored with SunPower's 2014 Commercial National Dealer of the Year, 2014 Commercial Regional Top Producer, 2015 Customer Excellence, 2017 Residential Regional Dealer of the Year, 2018 Commercial Regional Dealer of the Year awards, and recognized as a 2018 Top Solar Contractor by Solar Power World.

AES is also a member of the Amicus Solar Cooperative, which supports our commitment to bringing award winning products to our customers. This membership connects us with like-minded businesses and gives us the buying-power of a large, national company while allowing us to remain an independent, local family owned business.