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...

A&R Solar has completed installation of a 25.92 kW photovoltaic system on the rooftop of the Holiday Apartments, a newly renovated affordable housing apartment building at 1001 East John Street, just one block off Broadway in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Capitol Hill’s first community solar project is a joint venture between Seattle City Light and Capitol Hill Housing, who manages...

We get asked various versions of this question: Can you break out what each solar component costs from my price? How much of a solar project is labor? If I did some the work for myself could I save myself a lot of money? And so on… Every job is a little different, but here are some averages. [caption id="attachment_1468" align="alignnone" width="578"] Component costs as a...

It really will. When your PV system makes more power than your home uses, your electrical service meter reverses — you can watch it go backward. This is called “net metering,” and you can sell the extra power back to the utility at retail rates. If you’re “off-grid,” this doesn't apply, since you’re not hooked up to a utility, but it’s...

Absolutely. The Pacific Northwest’s long summer days were made for solar. Thanks to all that sunlight and utility net metering programs, we can build energy credits in the summer months and work off of them in the shoulder months. Solar panels also operate more efficiently in our cooler summer weather, which means more power than hotter climates, not less. Solar energy...

What will happen to my solar panels during the next wind storm? The good news is that in the northwest we have a generally temperate climate. While we feel like we have high winds, our wind speeds just don’t compare to other places where solar is deployed. In fact, in most places in Washington our building codes require 85mph as a...

I used to consider myself a generalist. I thought that is what might make me a good entrepreneur. I know a little about a lot of things, graphic design, programming, science, business, gardening, you name it. One day I took the Strengths Finder personality test. Three of my top five strengths have to do with learning and exploring ideas. Along...

Around the office we read news stories from around the world everyday. On one level I'm sure it's good for our business to stay abreast of current events, but that's not why we do it. We read all of the news because we all love what we do. We find solar, sustainability, technology, distributed energy, and everything related to these subjects...