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...

I just came across a press release that reminded me I've been meaning to give a big shout out to the SBA and their Emerging Leaders Initiative for a while now. In 2013, the Small Business Administration invited me to take part in the Emerging Leaders Initiative. The program was outstanding. I had the pleasure of working with an excellent executive coach....

SustainableWorks selected A&R Solar an independent solar contractor for their SustainableSolar pilot program. SustainableWorks, is a local non-profit energy efficiency program and general contractor. Homeowners that take part in the SustainableSolar program have access to low interest loans. SustainableWorks offers the loans in partnership with Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union. The SustainableSolar loan product makes it easy to finance a solar project....

I got started in my solar career back in 2005. There wasn't much of a solar industry at all, it was just getting started. Solar provided some homes in Washington “alternative energy” because there was no grid for them to connect to.  For these few people hauling fuel to their cabin or island home was too difficult or expensive. Even back...

I had the privilege of spending my Friday in a code update con-ed class designed for code officials. Now you don’t know joy like sitting in a class for 8 hours dedicated to electrical code. If you can’t feel my sarcasm let me give you an example, “When the sum, without consideration of polarity, of the PV system voltages of the...

Very quietly, we installed solar on our building last week. This officially means that we're powered by solar while we design and install solar for you. This 2.4kW system allows us to use solar power while we help you to do the same. We used SolarWorld 270W modules with Enphase Micro-inverters....

A&R Solar places a real focus on our customers. Most companies advertise with claims like this one. At A&R Solar we like to back up our claims, so we called up our customers and asked them one simple question “on a scale of 0-10 (10 being that you would refer us) how likely are you to refer A&R solar to...

The basic scientific definition of solar energy is the radiant light and heat from the sun. More commonly we think of solar energy as the collection devices we use to collect the sun’s energy namely solar photovoltaic panels, solar thermal collectors, and passively designed solar buildings. How Much of the Sun’s Energy Reaches Earth? According to research by Stanford University, twice as much...