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Transcript Some of the main issues we run into when you have a monitoring site--it's really just internet related. You may go log in and see that you don't have a few days of data or sometimes even a month's worth of data. If that happens, it's typically that your system is just not connected to the internet. We have to use a...

Transcript There is a fair amount of systems which will have built-in monitoring. That monitoring is provided by the manufacturer and it's run by the manufacturer. This monitoring is going to be something that you, as the end user, can log into and see your production of your system and track trends in the production. You can see the different months of...

Transcript With your photovoltaic system, there aren't a whole lot of moving parts, and there's not a lot of things to fail. Typically the PV modules are going to be the most robust part of your system. There are modules out there that have been performing since the '70s, so we don't see a whole lot of failures there. The inverter would be...

Transcript It's a common misconception that your system will work in the event of a power outage. But in reality, your inverter has to be able to shut off when it loses AC power to the grid. That's in order to protect the linemen who would be working on the power outage so that it doesn't create an unsafe situation. Here...

Transcript Typical things to watch for on the performance of your system are going to be displayed on your inverter or on your monitoring website. If you have a central inverter, it's either going to be inside or outside your house, and make sure to walk by it once a month and take a look at what it's doing in the...

 Transcript Here's where the energy from your photovoltaic system goes. The first place it's going to go into your home and be consumed by the loads in your home, much like your fridge or your freezer or your microwave or your TV--anything you are using in the middle of the day when you are producing energy. If you produce more than...

Transcript There's a lot of paperwork involved with getting your system certified and up and running. We have to make agreements with the utility and you to interconnect your system into the grid. They have to verify that the system that we are installing and designing meets all of their requirements. There's paperwork for permitting. There's paperwork for your incentives. Some...

 Transcript Typically there's not a whole lot of maintenance involved with your system, but you do want to make sure that you get your modules cleaned every couple of years. This will help increase the output of your system to its maximum potential. It's not required that you do it, but it's still a good idea. There's some buildup that can...

Northwest Harvest's new solar energy system will allow the food bank to spend electricity savings on direct services. Northwest Harvest has a network of 375 food banks, meal programs and high-need schools across Washington. The network provides two million meals every month. A&R Solar installed the 75.3 kW system on the distribution center in Kent. The funds to pay for the system...

Are you ready? Tesla Powerwall has arrived in Washington and Oregon. A&R Solar is one of a handful of Tesla Powerwall Certified Installers in the Pacific Northwest. We have a backlog of installations, but we wanted to share everything we know about the product (our designers and project managers are already certified, and we’re installing our very own Powerwall this month...