A&R Solar recently wrapped up another community solar project, this time on the Cowltiz PUD’s administrative building in Longview along the Oregon border. Utility customers can opt-into the program purchasing units at $100 each. In exchange, they receive credits toward their bills and also financial incentives from the state. The 58 kW project allows utility customers who may rent or not have...

This northeast Portland home’s solar energy system will offset more than 95 percent of its energy consumption. The 6.84 kW system features (24) made-in-Oregon SolarWorld modules and two SMA inverters. ...

A church in Edmonds that feeds seniors, hosts 12-step groups, and serves as a learning center for kids is now powered by solar energy, thanks in part to a donation from A&R Solar. The 9.9 kW system, together with conservation measures, should offset almost a third of the church’s power costs. A volunteer community group selected the church as the recipient...

We see it all of the time: When one homeowner on the block installs solar, others follow. By installing solar on your house, you get to set an example for others in your neighborhood and community. Sometimes neighbors can have questions about your new system and might even challenge the installation. Here are a couple of things to know: Can my HOA...

The six employee-owners of A&R Solar ended 2015 by making donations to local and national organizations working to improve our communities. Each of the organizations received $2,500, totalling $15,000. Steel Lillies Ronald McDonald House Casa Latina Wounded Warrior Project Odessa Brown Children's Clinic YouthCare Employees are eligible for ownership after three years of employment. Owners also made year-end donations in December 2014. In addition to the December giving,...

Congress has passed a five-year extension to the federal Solar Income Tax Credit (ITC), which allows homeowners and businesses to claim a significant income tax credit based on the cost of their solar energy systems. The 30 percent tax credit was scheduled to expire at the end of 2016 and will now extend through 2019. In 2020, the credit will drop...

Tesla Motors’ announced its rechargeable lithium-ion battery product called Powerwall in April, and solar customers and industry insiders haven’t stopping talking about it. For a product that isn’t even available to the broader public yet, we get asked about it on a weekly basis. Simply put, the Powerwall stores energy. For example, it could bank the excess energy produced from a home’s...

A&R Solar wrapped up installation of a unique community solar project in Gig Harbor. The 60 kW system is installed on the Harbor History Museum, a nonprofit that houses the history of the Gig Harbor Peninsula and serves as a community gathering place. Many community solar projects are ground mounted systems, making the museum project unique. The 216 Made-in-Washington Itek solar panels...

A revenue-neutral carbon tax campaign is gathering signatures to promote both clean energy and fairer taxes in Washington State. Initiative 732 would bring the issue to the Legislature, forcing lawmakers to either pass the measure in spring 2016 or send it to voters on the November 2016 ballot. I-732 encourages greater use of clean and renewable energy by taxing carbon pollution...

A&R Solar has been named one of Washington’s fastest-growing privately-held companies by the Puget Sound Business Journal. The company’s revenue grew more than 144 percent over the previous year, recording a record annual revenue of $5.76 million in 2014. A&R was also named a fastest-growing company in 2014 and 2013. To make the list, companies must be privately held, headquartered in Washington State,...