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,...

A&R Solar won in the Workforce Development category of the King County Executive's Small Business Awards. The awards celebrate the achievements of small businesses in several categories. The winners were selected by a panel of judges from local jurisdictions and business organizations. “This award really speaks to our core values of craftsmanship, passion, and making sure our employees have the resources to...

A&R Solar helped construct the largest community solar project in Washington. The Spokane Valley system went online in September 2015 and will serve more than 500 residential and commercial customers. The 425 kW ground-mounted solar array is the biggest facility to use all Washington-made equipment. The Avista Utilities array has 1,512 panels and is large enough to power about 50 households. During...

A&R Solar is looking for a rock star Staff Accountant to join our team as a full-time member in Seattle. In this role you will maintain the day-to-day accounting functions, accruals, financial statement preparation, and perform general accounting functions, as required. You'll work directly with the CFO to run the proverbial accounting ship. Start your application here. Why join A&R Solar? We...