A&R Solar has been named one of Washington's fastest growing private companies by the Puget Sound Business Journal. A&R's revenues totaled more than $12.5 million in 2015, up from $5.7 million in 2014, and just $2.8 million in 2013. The company had 41 full-time employees in January 2016, compared with 27 in 2015, 19 in 2014, and 12 in 2013. A&R specializes...

Conscious Company magazine interviewed A&R Solar CEO Reeves Clippard about the company's philosophy and growth and his vision for the future. What motivated you to make A&R an employee-owned company? RC: I worked for very small companies where I had zero ownership stake, and I worked for mega-national companies where I had zero percent stake, and in both places, there’s this trend...

This post by A&R Solar CEO Reeves Clippard ran in the Huffington Post. Sitting on top of a roof one rainy winter day in Seattle, my coworker and I talked about how we would do things differently if we ran our own solar installation company. Andy and I agreed that we’d interact with our customers differently. We’d really listen to their...

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...

Editor’s Note: A&R Solar continues to monitor the evolving battery storage market. In addition to waiting for the Tesla Powerwall to become available to installers in the Pacific Northwest, we are also researching other companies that offer similar systems. While the Tesla Powerwall dominates in the media, a competitor is quietly gaining ground in the U.S. storage market. Sonnen, a Germany company...

Tesla created a frenzy in the renewable energy market when it announced its first two energy storage products in 2015. The Powerwall and Powerwall 2 have been piloted in a few select areas in the United States but has yet to become widely available. However, Tesla isn’t the only--or the first--player in the storage game. A number of competitors are emerging in...

If you are considering adding a solar energy system to your home or business, you'll want to do your research when considering which installer to choose. We've come up with a list of questions that can help you identify quality companies. When you’re informed, you can invest in your energy future with confidence. We've created a downloadable PDF for you to...

Tesla made news again recently for discontinuing one highly-anticipated product and accepting down payments on another. Powerwall Tesla announced recently that it has discontinued its much-discussed 10-kWh residential battery and has pulled all references to it from its website and press kit. A smaller system, called the Daily Powerwall, is still being built, the company said. In simple terms, the Powerwall stores energy. It...

A Seattle church that installed solar won an award for its efforts to combat global warming. Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church received the recognition from Interfaith Power & Light, a national group that encourages religious congregations across the country to address global warming by reducing their carbon footprint. The church’s system--installed by A&R Solar in 2015--saves six tons a year of carbon dioxide...