A&R Solar began in 2007 with Andy Yatteau and Reeves Clippard (the A&R) working out the back of a truck.
Since then, our company–and the solar industry in the Northwest–have grown tremendously. You see solar on Clackamas fire stations, large solar farms in eastern and southern Oregon, and powering a health center on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
Solar in Oregon
We know we have a reputation for dreary winters, but solar works great for home and business owners no matter if they live in Portland, on the coast, in the Willamette Valley, or in the Bend area.
A state law called net metering allows home and business owners to build up credits during the long summer days when solar energy systems are producing excess power. That energy gets pushed back to the grid and used by neighbors. The solar homeowner gets a credit on their electricity bill.
That savings–along with a 26 percent Federal Tax Credit–can add up in the tens of thousands of dollars over the lifetime of a solar energy system. Most solar panel warranties are from 25-30 years. These systems are built to last.
The Energy Trust of Oregon significantly increased its incentive rates in January 2018 to customers of Pacific Power and Portland General Electric. Depending on the size of you system, you may be eligible to receive up to $4,800, depending on which utility services your home. The incentive is not based on income.
A&R Solar has grown into one of the region’s largest and most respected solar companies, having installed 75,000 solar panels for 2,000 homes and business owners. We offer our employees a path to ownership after three years of employment. We are B Corporation and a Social Purpose Corporation, meaning we put people and planet right alongside profit.
New technologies like Tesla Powerwall allow solar homeowners to keep the lights on when the power goes out.
By design, solar energy systems must shut down during outages to protect lineworkers who are trying to restore power.
But with a battery storage system, the energy produced by your solar panels can be stored and then used by your home.
Learn more about battery storage.
Here’s what some of our customers have to say about us and their solar energy systems. Don’t hesitate to ask for references–we’re happy to connect you.
“All the staff had a “can do” attitude. Very responsive company – all my phone calls directly answered or returned promptly.”
“The installers were wonderful, cleaned up daily after themselves, and were amazingly patient and fun with my kids’ constant questions and interest. The inspector even complimented them on the quality of their work. Stoked now to only pay $10 a month to be connected to the grid.”
“The installation looks great, and is producing power as anticipated. I am a completely satisfied customer, and so happy that I selected A&R Solar from a competitive field of installers.”
DAN, FOREST GROVE
While everyone loves the financial savings that solar brings, the added benefit of helping the environment is a pleasant bonus.
Here are some of the ways that solar powers our loves in an eco-friendly way:
It’s clean energy. Unlike oil and coal, solar doesn’t spew toxic chemicals in to the atmosphere or add to greenhouse gas emissions. It reduces our need to burn fossil fuels, which results in a drop in air pollution and greenhouse gases. Solar also supplements our local hydro-power, which is dependent on an ever-declining supply of freshwater, requires expensive upkeep, and has the tendency to disturb salmon and other wildlife.
It’s renewable. It’s everywhere. The amount of sunlight that shines in the United States is more than 2,500 times the country’s average daily energy usage. Energy potential is greatest during the summer when energy usage is at its highest. Many utilities allow solar customers to bank the extra energy they produce in the summer and credit it toward their winter energy bills. This is the concept of net metering.
It reduces your carbon footprint. Have you thought about your carbon footprint? Going solar reduces the detrimental impact you have on our environment. Even considering the energy expended to initially produce solar panels, you’ll produce far less emissions compared to sticking with traditional sources of energy over the lifetime of your system. You can even use solar panels to charge your electric vehicle, thereby eliminating fuel emissions and protecting yourself against spikes in gasoline prices.
You pass on a legacy of clean energy. With very few components and no moving parts, solar systems last 30 years or more and require little to no maintenance. This means that even if you sell your home or business, the next owner will become the beneficiary of your investment.
You set an example for others. We see it all of the time: When one homeowner on the block installs solar, others follow. By installing solar on your house, you get to set an example for others. Even those who install solar panels primarily for the cost-saving benefits often go on to reduce their carbon footprint in other ways.