One of Seattle’s iconic houseboats now is partly powered by solar energy. Limited roof space didn’t stop William Donnelly from installing a solar system on his floating home on Lake Union. For Donnelly, going solar was less about financial savings and more about being a pioneer in the clean energy movement while motivating others in the Eastlake community to do the same. Donnelly’s...

As we told you in an earlier post, state lawmakers are considering a plan to overhaul and expand Washington's Renewable Energy Cost Recovery Incentive Payment Program. The changes would help thousands of new customers and create new jobs in the growing state solar industry. Changes would not affect customers who already have installations. As legislators begin a second special session to pass...

A program designed to help homeowners and businesses offset the costs of installing solar systems may be extended and overhauled before the Washington State Legislature wraps up this year’s session. A&R Solar is part of Solar Installers of Washington, a trade association that is lobbying for changes to the Renewable Energy Cost Recovery Incentive Payment Program that would help thousands of...

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...