Here Solar installer groups from inside and outside are split over potential changes to the solar incentives here in Washington. Let it be known that The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) does little to no business in Washington. There may be an untapped source of hydroelectricity in the Pacific Northwest. In Portland, a company is now generating power by putting turbines in...

I've been having fun pulling together this little news roundup. We read a lot here at A&R Solar so it's pretty easy for me to drop my favorite/eye catching/important articles here in this post. At first I really wanted this to be solely solar focused, but the solar industry is part of a much larger energy ecosystem. If you want to...

Already the last week of January? Time moves fast. It slows down as you get older right? Right? Well time and tide wait for no man. Onward into the future we all go! Here Seattle based OneEnergy Renewables is seeking approval to construct a 1 mega-watt solar farm northwest of Ellensburg. Local solar panel manufacturer Itek gets a nod in Inslee's State of the...

This spring I’m doing energy efficiency updates to my own home. I’m preparing for the installation of solar on my own home. It all started with a new roof I am like many of our customers. When we bought our house 5 years ago the roof had about 5 years of life left. If need be I could probably get another 3-5...

2015 is going to be an interesting year for solar in Washington State. Interesting in the "may you live in interesting times" kind of way. The first half Governor Inslee is asking for a new solar incentive program to spur solar adoption. You can criticize our current program as too generous. People are making a “profit” on tax dollars. At the same...

A&R Solar is seeking candidates to install residential and commercial solar energy systems. In this position the installer would provide direct support to the crew lead and project manager. The right candidate will be able to act as if they are the owner of the company and exhibit values of respect, honesty, and the work ethic of a craftsman. Responsibilities include: Working...

We are currently looking for electricians licensed in the state of Washington to join our crew. As a member of our electrical crew, you will be helping us install solar energy systems for residential and commercial applications. We are looking for someone who is dedicated to their work and has a strong sense of pride in the quality of their...

I know everyone is doing year in reviews right now, but I'll save you one here. We are wrapping up the year's installations, prepping for next month, working on budgets, reports, and all of the other fun things companies do at the end of the year. A lot of what we're looking at right now is future focused: What does Governor...

Many people think this time of year is slow for us. I'd like you to know that it is not. Because of the Federal Income Tax Credit and a "placed in service date" rule, we are working around the clock. If you hear footsteps on your roof, it might be us, it might be Santa. Put some cookies out anyway, our...