03 Aug A&R Solar Named Top Solar Installer in Washington State
For the second year in a row, A&R Solar has been named the top solar installer in the state of Washington.
A&R Solar employs 37 workers in Washington and Oregon, who installed 3.47 MW of solar in 2015, up from 1.07 MW in 2014. Many of those installations are residential homes across the state and include large-scale projects like Bainbridge Island’s Grow Community and community solar projects near Spokane, Vancouver, and Kennewick.
We work amid a burgeoning business market. The U.S. solar market is expected to grow 119 percent 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 located with companies like A&R—firms doing the work to bring clean energy to the public. The solar sector employs 77 percent more workers than the U.S. coal mining industry does today, according to The Solar Foundation report.
In the Pacific Northwest, solar is going strong. The Pacific Northwest’s long summer days were made for solar, and thanks to all that sunlight and special utility programs, we can build energy credits in the summer months and work off of them during our darker months.
A&R, a certified B Corporation, also won in the Workforce Development category of the 2015 King County Executive’s Small Business Awards and was a finalist for the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2015 Washington’s Best Workplaces. In 2013, 2014, and 2015, A&R was recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of Washington’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies.
We started A&R Solar with the idea of changing the way business was done in the world. We wanted to build a business structure that focused on respect for our employees, our customers, our community, and our planet. We believe that by aligning our personal values with our business, we will achieve incredible results.
The Top 500 Solar Contractors List is developed by Solar Power World magazine to recognize the work completed by solar contractors across the U.S. and Canada. The companies on the list are growing the economy, providing jobs and offering electricity consumers a choice about how they get their power. The list was released July 26.
“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. Solar energy is a renewable resource with great potential to significantly reduce our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, a national solar industry association.
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