Washington State Solar

A&R Solar is powering the future of solar energy in Washington

A&R SolarINCENTIVE UPDATE! Congress extended the federal solar tax credit (known as the ITC) for an additional two years. This means that you’ll receive a tax credit of 26% of your system’s cost in 2021 and 2022 and 22% in 2023. A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction of the income tax you owe. If you can’t use the full value in one year, you can roll over the remainder to next year. You should check with a tax adviser to make sure you can claim the entire value.

The extension of the ITC demonstrates how committed the federal government is to growing solar across the country. Solar is here to stay.

Solar in Washington State

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 Washington State–have grown tremendously. You see our solar on entire housing developments on Bainbridge Island, large solar farms in eastern and southern Washington, and even on top of Harborview Medical Center in downtown Seattle.

We know we have a reputation for dreary winters, but solar works great for home and business owners no matter if they live on the peninsula, around Puget Sound, east of the Cascades, or in the Vancouver 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.

Incentives

That savings–along with the Federal Solar 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.

About us

Since our founding in 2007, A&R Solar has installed 100,000 solar panels for nearly 3,000 homes and business owners across Oregon and Washington. 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.

SOLAR WEBINARS

Check out our upcoming and recorded offerings of our solar and battery storage lunch-and-learn webinars. We cover everything from solar 101 to Tesla Powerwall to financing.

OUR SOLAR INSTALLATIONS

Don’t take our word for it…

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.

Don’t take our word for it…

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.

Featured Washington solar projects

Kennewick. The solar array offsets 100% of the home’s electrical usage.

Seattle. The homeowner added Tesla Powerwalls to his solar energy system for backup power during outages.

Whidbey Island. This hobby farm leverages solar to decrease their electricity costs.

Renton IKEA

Skokomish Community Center in Shelton

Walla Walla Community College

Solar + storage

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.

How solar benefits the environment

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.

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