“We’re moving the market into areas that have not been penetrated,” Barlock said of the APS line of innovative solar microinverter products. “Our innovative technology is driving the market to a different, larger microinverter model, and at a lower cost.”
Grow Community on Bainbridge Island is the largest planned, solar-ready neighborhood in Washington state. With an array of APS Microinverters and Itek PV panels planned on over 50 neighborhood roofs, each producing up to 7,680 watts of power per residential system. The solar on each Grow Community home will save between 2.5 and 3 tons of coal per year. Here are some pictures from this weeks solar install by A&R Solar.
Washington State Sen. Christine Rolfes toured the APS America headquarters recently, joined by Jessie Turner, legislative assistant to state Rep. Drew Hansen. Rolfes (center) and Turner (third from left) saw firsthand the APS assembly and testing operations, learned more about our innovative technology, and celebrated the propulsive growth of the local solar industry.
Thank you to Sen. Christine Rolfes and the office of Rep. Drew Hansen for their ongoing interest and support for a clean energy future!
Season’s greetings and a year-end Thank You to our many solar partners for APS America’s outstanding success in 2013. Just a few of the year’s many highlights:
- Sales of our APS Microinverter line are up 500 percent year over year
- With significant new distribution partnerships, we made inroads to expansive markets across the US including California, North Carolina and Florida
- We doubled the size of our distribution center to keep up with installer demand
- We tripled our production and distribution workforce, tapping the experience and talent in our local community to fill out the APS America team
New APS microinverter installations were completed across the continental US and beyond. Topping the list were the ambitious Mililani Shopping Center project in Hawaii, Everett (WA) Community College, the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, and six major commercial installations with the Tennessee Valley Authority. These high-profile community installations show the power of APS microinverter technology in action every day!
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by RICHARD WALKER, North Kitsap Herald Editor
posted Nov 22, 2013 at 12:36 PM— updated Nov 22, 2013 at 2:41 PM
POULSBO — There are several incentives for Washingtonians to go solar.
Residential and commercial property owners with a “Made in Washington” solar array may be eligible for a check up to $5,000 per year for the power their panels put into the grid. At the same time, their power bill is reduced by the amount of power they produce.
Put a solar array onto your home, and you may qualify for a credit of up to 30 percent of the cost from the federal government.
Installation of solar-energy systems in Washington is exempt from sales and use taxes.
With the incentives in place today, a new solar-energy system can pay for itself in five to seven years. After that, money from all the power you generate goes into your pocket. (And you can periodically watch your meter run backwards.)
“With some of the most progressive incentives in the nation, the return on investment for Washington residents today is real and substantial,” said Tim Bailey, co-founder of Blue Frog Solar. “Working together, our state has made solar a smart buy.”
Those incentives are driving consumer investment in solar-energy systems for homes and businesses in Washington state — and driving the success of a Poulsbo-based manufacturer and distributor of solar energy equipment.
Before we go on, here’s a simplified explanation of how a solar energy system works. An array of photovoltaic panels — on your roof or on groundlevel open space — captures energy from sunlight (even when it’s cloudy). Energy goes from the panels to a microinverter, which converts the energy into AC current. That energy supplements the electricity you use from Puget Sound Energy.
When you produce more electricity than you use, that electricity is made available for use elsewhere, and PSE buys it from you.
Blue Frog Solar, 1015 Hostmark St., manufactures and distributes inverters. Working with a network of certified installers, Blue Frog Solar designs solar-energy systems for homes and businesses using APS America’s inverter technology and Itek Energy’s photovoltaic panels — all made in Washington to qualify for the financial incentives.
A big THANK YOU to everyone who visited our APS America booth at the recent Solar Power International conference in Chicago. We enjoyed meeting so many colleagues from around the solar industry, and we established significant new supply relationships with installers and customers.
Again: Thanks for stopping by! We are grateful for your strong interest in our APS microinverter products.
– Tim, Kelly, Andrew, Paul and all at APS America
APsystems offers advanced, powerful solar microinverter technology for residential and commercial systems. The APsystems solar solution combines highly efficient power inversion with a user-friendly monitoring interface to bring you reliable, intelligent energy. Our proprietary system architecture increases solar harvest and ensures maximum output for solar arrays, and we continue to develop new technologies and products for the marketplace.
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