A&R Solar started with two guys who wanted to create a company focused on people and the planet. Since 2007, we’ve grown from Andy and Reeves (the A&R) to nearly 100 employees in two states. We’ve been recognized for our craftsmanship, commitment to customers and employees, and forging relationships with lawmakers to create policy that helps broaden the reach of renewable energy. Here are some of our company’s milestones over the years.
Andy Yatteau and Reeves Clippard leave their jobs and found A&R Solar, focusing on solar hot water installations. They file the paperwork with the state of Washington and each pay $350 for incorporation fees. It will take them several years to take home consistent paychecks as they funnel profits back into growing the company.
A&R installs its first solar photovoltaic system totaling 2.6 kW (an average system today is around 11 kW). Solar hot water continues to be the focus of the company as the cost of solar means few people can afford it.
Dave Kozin is hired as the company’s first employee. Dave sells mattresses out of a storage unit on the side to support himself as the company puts profits back into operations. Today, Dave is A&R’s CFO and a co-founder of WASEIA, Washington’s solar industry trade association.
A&R scores a big job for an iconic Seattle landmark. The guys install a solar hot water system on the Seattle Aquarium.
A&R hires Evan Manderbach, who has construction experience. Today, Evan is COO and has multiple NABCEP certifications.
We are awarded a contract to install solar on Neighborhood House in West Seattle. It is the largest solar energy system in Seattle at the time at 73.6 kW. Neighborhood House offers education opportunities, gathering spaces, and social services for the High Point neighborhood.
Having worked out of their homes and trucks for the first three years, the guys finally secure office space in the Sodo neighborhood of Seattle.
A&R participates in Solarize Northeast, a grassroots campaign that brings solar to 52 Seattle homes.
With more employees, the company needs more space. They raise money through a crowdfunding nonprofit (they repaid the loan in full) to build out the office and warehouse on 1st Avenue South, directly across from Starbucks headquarters.
A&R Solar is a founding member of Solar Installers of Washington, formed to educate educates legislators and regulators while promoting public understanding about the impacts of policies related to solar energy in the State of Washington. The organization, now WASEIA, has since become an official chapter of the national Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
We install a record number of solar PV systems and add eight more full-time employees as solar begins to gain traction in Washington State.
A&R Solar is selected as the contractor to install Capitol Hill’s first community solar project to benefit the Holiday Apartments affordable housing community. The system totals 25.92 kWs.
A&R becomes licensed to work in Oregon and opens our first office in Milwaukee, just outside of Portland.
With all of the interest in solar energy, the state’s financial incentive program is hitting its cap much sooner than expected, causing a slowdown in the industry. Several installers pull out of the state or close their doors.
With the number of customers now reaching into the thousands, we create the A&R Solar Service and Warranty Department, ensuring that resources are available to serve customers through the lifetime of their systems.
In 2012, Washington State created new type of corporate entity called a Social Purpose Corporation (SPC). This designation allows a company to prioritize environmental and social criteria above the pursuit of profit. A&R Solar was one of the first companies in the state to convert to a Social Purpose Corporation. We released our first public SPC report.
We were honored to host Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s announcement to run for president. Our warehouse is usually filled with hundreds of solar panels. Today, it was also filled with hundreds of supporters of limitless clean energy. We support champions of energy independence and practical solutions to climate change.
Ever since we became a Social Purpose Corporation, we’ve been tracking our carbon footprint. Installing solar all over Washington and Oregon while running two offices and warehouses creates more CO2 emissions than we’d like. We chose to purchase carbon offsets. That means that we supported projects that plant trees, improve forest management, and capture/destroy methane gas emissions from landfills. Learn more in our annual report.
Co-founder and CEO Reeves Clippard was named co-chair of an advisory committee to guide an update to Washington State’s energy strategy. Reeves will serve with representatives of utilities, industry, local government, tribes, labor unions, civic organizations representing vulnerable populations, environmental organizations, government officials and legislators.
While our daily work supports a cleaner environment, we strive to make meaningful impacts in our communities as well. In that light, the Community Impact Program was created to encourage employees to support organizations making an important difference in our communities through employee-directed donations, company matching, and volunteer hours.