Meet David! A microbiologist by profession and a self-proclaimed environmental activist by experience, David has centered his life around planet conscious living. A few years ago he took that effort into his home. It started with an exhaustive 6 month search for the perfect house to go solar in! (We really like that part!) Once he found the home the first move was...

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) recently issued a formal policy, stating that the UTC may regulate companies that lease solar power systems as an electric company. What does this mean for Washingtonians? More consumer protection. Third party ownership (leasing) of solar power is not a viable option for people in Washington yet. The State currently encourages an ownership model for solar. An...

Believe it or not, the Northwest is actually an ideal climate for solar power. As native Northwesterners we know how hard that can be to imagine, but the system does not work in the way you might think. It’s our milder summer climate (read warm but not scorching) that makes it possible for solar panels to absorb the light more efficiently....

The Solarize South County Community Coalition is seeking applications from qualified community organizations interested in having a donated solar photovoltaic system installed at their facility.  The donated equipment will serve as a community award as part of Solarize South County, a project of Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (Northwest SEED) and Snohomish County PUD. Solarize South County is a citizen-led...

Solarize Campaigns are all the rage. Solarize is put out by a local non-profit (NWSEED) to help communities leverage group buying power for bulk discounts. A&R Solar was just selected as the preferred contractor by the South (Snohomish) County community group for their Solarize efforts. The first workshop is coming up soon on July 16th from 6:30-8pm at the Lynnwood...

Gov. Jay Inslee today signed an executive order outlining a series of steps to cut carbon pollution in Washington and advance development and use of clean energy technologies. “This is the right time to act, the right place to act and we are the right people to act,” Inslee said in remarks delivered at Shoreline Community College’s Professional Automotive Training Center. “We will engage...

Today would have been my dad's 71st birthday. It's hard for me to believe that he passed away 3 years ago. My dad was an incredible influence in my life. He was an entrepreneur, and thinking back it was him that inspired me to be one too. He helped me and A&R Solar through difficult times. When we started I didn't know...

Today is another full day of electrical code. It's taught by Ryan Mayfield of Renewable Energy Associates. He taught the other code class I took recently up in Renton. Washington State is moving to the National Electrical Code (NEC) 2014 in July of this year. I'm sitting in the class again because the more often I see the material the better...

I don't imagine I'll have a chance to write much about today until the conference is over. I scored one of a limited number of seats in a session with Andy Black. Andy is CEO of OnGrid Solar. He is presenting on the complexities of financial analysis of solar across all various markets in the US. Presenting this information is no easy...