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...

As a B Corporation and a Social Purpose Corporation, A&R Solar has giving back ingrained in its DNA. Recently a group of our employees spent a Saturday cleaning up and helping to restore a popular Washington State hiking trail. The group  lugged buckets of rocks and dirt up the Barclay Lake trail to fill in turnpikes (raised trail sections). They also worked on a bridge and...

We're in the business of selling solar energy systems, but for certain homes, going solar just doesn't make good financial sense. We love our trees here in the Pacific Northwest, but they can definitely be a barrier to solar potential. The shade that trees can cast on your roof means that your solar panels won’t be collecting energy. We want our customers...