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As Seattle prepares for the climate strike, the Seattle City Council has made it easier for large solar projects to be installed in Seattle City Light territory. The ordinance, which passed unanimously earlier this month, creates a streamlined way for businesses, nonprofits, and government entities with high energy usage to install solar. Until now, large solar projects had to enter a custom...

A&R Solar won second place in the Puget Sound Business Journal's annual Best Workplaces competition. Businesses and organizations must be nominated to participate in the selection process. Employees answer anonymous survey questions about the work environment, benefits, and overall job satisfaction. The top word that employees used to describe the work environment at A&R was "fun." One hundred percent of employees answered...

A&R Solar has once again been named one of the top solar companies in the Pacific Northwest. In the annual rankings released by Solar Power World, A&R ranked #2 in Washington (#1 Residential only) and #4 in Oregon. We are ranked #22 in rooftop contractors nationally. Not bad for a solar company battling perceptions that solar doesn't work in the Northwest! As a...

Northwest Harvest's new solar energy system will allow the food bank to spend electricity savings on direct services. Northwest Harvest has a network of 375 food banks, meal programs and high-need schools across Washington. The network provides two million meals every month. A&R Solar installed the 75.3 kW system on the distribution center in Kent. The funds to pay for the system...

As a B Corporation and a Social Purpose Corporation, A&R Solar has giving back ingrained in its DNA. Recently a group of our employees spent a Saturday cleaning up and helping to restore a popular Washington State hiking trail. The group  lugged buckets of rocks and dirt up the Barclay Lake trail to fill in turnpikes (raised trail sections). They also worked on a bridge and...

Despite the news that President Trump has imposed tariffs on imported solar panels, home and business owners in Washington and Oregon who want to go solar won’t see much, if any, of increased prices in 2018. Several manufacturers are either exempt from the tariffs or have been planning to minimize their impact since news broke of the possibility last summer....

We’ve received a number of inquiries from solar customers expressing confusion about the new state production incentive program that the Legislature passed this summer. We don’t have all of the details yet, but we've compiled what we do know. We will update this post as we learn more, so bookmark this page. The situation: The state Department of Revenue is transitioning management...

The Washington State Legislature has approved a new solar production incentive, enabling thousands more homeowners and businesses to go solar during the program’s eight-year timeline. Homeowners Here are the program's highlights: From now until June 2021, homeowners who install a grid-connected solar photovoltaic system can receive up to $5,000 per year for eight years. Your eight years start as soon as your...

The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), the regional wholesaler of federal hydropower, announced that it expects rates to increase 5.5 percent over the next two years. The BPA’s customers —there are more than 120 — primarily are electric utilities in the Northwest, which in turn sell the power to their customers. For example, Seattle City Light purchases about 40 percent of its...