A&R Solar is following social distancing regulations in both Washington and Oregon, as well as published guidelines from the CDC and OSHA. That means that we’ve had to change the way we operate. As these requirements shift over the next weeks and months, we’ll be adapting and keeping health and safety front of mind. Here’s how we are exercising an abundance...

ABOUT A&R SOLAR A&R Solar is licensed to work in Washington and Oregon, but anyone who is interested in learning about these technologies is welcome! Please share them with your friends. UPCOMING LIVE WEBINARS More coming soon! ON-DEMAND VIDEOS OF LIVE WEBINARSThese webinars have already happened, but click the links to watch the recordings! Test Drive the Tesla Powerwall: See One in Action!Presenter: T.J. MerrillWe’ll...

At the end of each year we ask our employee owners and customers to name nonprofit organizations that make a difference in their neighborhoods and cities. Then we write some checks. A lot of them. These donations are on top of the sponsorships to solar and clean energy organizations that we work shoulder to shoulder with during the year. We always receive...

The federal solar tax credit will be stepping down over the next few years, and home and business owners should move quickly to take advantage of the savings. For homeowners, this means the system must have passed inspection by December 31 of each year to receive that year's tax credit. Simply having the panels installed does not qualify the system. The...

As Seattle prepares for the climate strike, the Seattle City Council has made it easier for large solar projects to be installed in Seattle City Light territory. The ordinance, which passed unanimously earlier this month, creates a streamlined way for businesses, nonprofits, and government entities with high energy usage to install solar. Until now, large solar projects had to enter a custom...

A&R Solar won second place in the Puget Sound Business Journal's annual Best Workplaces competition. Businesses and organizations must be nominated to participate in the selection process. Employees answer anonymous survey questions about the work environment, benefits, and overall job satisfaction. The top word that employees used to describe the work environment at A&R was "fun." One hundred percent of employees answered...

A&R Solar has once again been named one of the top solar companies in the Pacific Northwest. In the annual rankings released by Solar Power World, A&R ranked #2 in Washington (#1 Residential only) and #4 in Oregon. We are ranked #22 in rooftop contractors nationally. Not bad for a solar company battling perceptions that solar doesn't work in the Northwest! As a...

A&R Solar's work to promote solar-friendly policies was featured in a national industry magazine. Solar Power World featured Policy & Partnerships Director Bonnie Frye Hemphill and CEO Reeves Clippard as part of the release of the country's top solar contractors. A&R has worked with other installers in Washington and Oregon to pass such legislation as the Solar Jobs Bill and Solar...

Thanks to the 100% Clean Electricity Act passed in 2019, sales tax has been removed from most typical residential solar energy systems. For the average customer, that means savings of around 10 percent. Systems 100kW and under installed after July 1, 2019 will not be subject to sales tax. A typical residential system is around 10kW. Larger commercial solar projects will also...

The number of solar customers in Washington who can own the power generated by their systems has just significantly increased. Net metering is an agreement between a solar home or business owner and the electrical utility. It allows solar customers to build up credits with their utilities during the summer like a savings account and then use them in the winter...