Setbacks for solar PV systems are required by the IBC (International Building Code) and adopted by some state and local permitting authorities. The intention of the setbacks is to provide firefighters with access to the peak of the roof in order to provide positive ventilation in the event of a house fire. This firefighting practice can be critical for releasing toxic...

If you operate a business out of your home, you may be able eligible for additional depreciation savings through the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS),--in addition to the federal tax credit. Determining your eligibility for MACRS and calculating its value can be very complex and must be completed by a CPA or other tax professional. Get a tax professional’s advice...

Despite the news that President Trump has imposed tariffs on imported solar panels, home and business owners in Washington and Oregon who want to go solar won’t see much, if any, of increased prices in 2018. Several manufacturers are either exempt from the tariffs or have been planning to minimize their impact since news broke of the possibility last summer....

From a small-town bar in Eastern Washington to a tribal health center in Pendleton, A&R Solar installed solar arrays on businesses, nonprofits, and government buildings across Washington and Oregon. We even placed the state's largest solar installation on a hospital, Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Here are a few of our commercial installations for 2017. ...

At the end of each year, A&R Solar makes donations to nonprofits that our employee-owners have chosen (we now have 18 employee-owners!). To close out 2017, we wanted to add a little twist to our giving. While we are still donating to choices from our owners, we also asked our solar customers to recommend organizations in their communities. A&R installs solar across...

[addtoany buttons="facebook,twitter,google_plus"] UPDATED: 12/06/2017 Interested to learn how solar works, especially here in the Pacific Northwest? Join A&R Solar and your neighbors to learn about solar in a fun, no pressure environment. Due to popular demand, we are holding another solar workshop in Duvall: Saturday, December 16th, 10am, at Studio Beju This event is FREE to attend! Please RSVP below as space is...

When people say they want to be off-grid, sometimes they mean they want solar to cover 100 percent of their electricity needs. Often, solar installers pair a battery storage unit like a Tesla Powerwall to store power from your system to use at night. Having all of your electrical needs provided by solar energy means that you are net zero. In...

We’ve received a number of inquiries from solar customers expressing confusion about the new state production incentive program that the Legislature passed this summer. We don’t have all of the details yet, but we've compiled what we do know. We will update this post as we learn more, so bookmark this page. The situation: The state Department of Revenue is transitioning management...

UPDATED: These workshops are completed. Interested to learn how solar works, especially here in Seattle? Join A&R Solar, Verity Credit Union, and your neighbors to learn about solar in a fun, no pressure environment. We will be holding Solar 101 workshops at three Seattle Verity locations: Thursday, Sept 21 at Verity's Wallingford Branch, 4545 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103, from 6-7:30 pm Tuesday,...