Ten years ago, two guys (Andy and Reeves, hence the A&R) founded a company that was based on the crazy notion that people would want to install solar on their homes and businesses in the Pacific Northwest. It turns out that solar works really well here, just ask any of our 1,000+ customers. Like any emerging industry, solar has been through a lot of...

Washington's largest solar project is now complete. The 1.27 megawatt project sits atop the new IKEA store in Renton, which opened Wednesday. Here is the project by the numbers: 1.27 MW 3,250 solar panels 4,770 ballast trays (they hold the panels) 22 inverters 16-25 crew members, including electricians, roof techs, and general laborers 244,000-square-feet Will produce 1,261,000 kWh of electricity, the equivalent...

KidsQuest Children's Museum's new downtown Bellevue location opened to the public after more than a year of renovations. A&R Solar installed a solar energy system on the steep-pitched roof of the museum. And our installation team did it decked out in spandex superhero costumes. A&R Solar donated the system--valued at $25,000--to the museum as part of the Solarize Bellevue campaign. We must admit: It...

A&R Solar has been named one of Washington's fastest growing private companies by the Puget Sound Business Journal. A&R's revenues totaled more than $12.5 million in 2015, up from $5.7 million in 2014, and just $2.8 million in 2013. The company had 41 full-time employees in January 2016, compared with 27 in 2015, 19 in 2014, and 12 in 2013. A&R specializes...

Conscious Company magazine interviewed A&R Solar CEO Reeves Clippard about the company's philosophy and growth and his vision for the future. What motivated you to make A&R an employee-owned company? RC: I worked for very small companies where I had zero ownership stake, and I worked for mega-national companies where I had zero percent stake, and in both places, there’s this trend...

This post by A&R Solar CEO Reeves Clippard ran in the Huffington Post. Sitting on top of a roof one rainy winter day in Seattle, my coworker and I talked about how we would do things differently if we ran our own solar installation company. Andy and I agreed that we’d interact with our customers differently. We’d really listen to their...

For the second year in a row, A&R Solar has been named the top solar installer in the state of Washington. A&R Solar employs 37 workers in Washington and Oregon, who installed 3.47 MW of solar in 2015, up from 1.07 MW in 2014. Many of those installations are residential homes across the state and include large-scale projects like Bainbridge Island's...

Tesla created a frenzy in the renewable energy market when it announced its first two energy storage products in 2015. The Powerwall and Powerwall 2 have been piloted in a few select areas in the United States but has yet to become widely available. However, Tesla isn’t the only--or the first--player in the storage game. A number of competitors are emerging in...

If you are considering adding a solar energy system to your home or business, you'll want to do your research when considering which installer to choose. We've come up with a list of questions that can help you identify quality companies. When you’re informed, you can invest in your energy future with confidence. We've created a downloadable PDF for you to...