Blue Frog solar partner APS rebrands as APsystems
Global solar technology leader and Blue Frog Solar partner APS is now APsystems.

The brand refinement highlights the company’s commitment to powerful alternative energy solutions, and its evolution from a product-oriented portfolio to a whole-systems innovator.

The phrase “Altenergy Power,” a nod to the company’s original legal name, will appear beneath APsystems in the company’s new mark.

Blue Frog Solar manufactures and distributes the APsystems YC500 microinverter under license.

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Easy money just got easier

Now get $15 back for EVERY Blue Frog YC500 microinverter.

Blue Frog and APS have updated our unprecedented offer to make it even easier for installers to try APS and put in their pocket. Now until September 30th, installers can earn $15 back for every Blue Frog/APS YC500 microinverter purchased through Blue Frog Solar.

Installers can receive a VISA® Gift Card with $15 value added for every Blue Frog/APS microinverter purchased. That’s $210 back in your pocket for an average residential installation with 14 APS YC500 dual-module microinverters (other models not eligible). Do you complete five jobs a week? That’s more than $1,000 back to your bottom line – easy money for choosing Blue Frog/APS microinverters.

First time Blue Frog installers can get even more – including a free APS Energy Communication Unit.

Click here for program details.

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APS EMA App now available for iPhone, iPad

EMA-app-imageThe APS Energy Monitoring and Analysis App is now available for iPhone and iPad.

The EMA App allows APS microinverter system owners to track solar array performance in real time through their iOS mobile device.

See system output by day, month, year and lifetime of the array, and calculate energy savings based on price per kilowatt hour.

The app also displays environmental savings in gallons of gasoline, trees and carbon emissions.

All data is displayed through an easy-to-use graphical interface.

The APS EMA App is available for iOS devices through the Apple iTunes App Store. The app requires iOS 7.0 or later required and offers English and simplified Chinese language support.

Click here to download the EMA App user manual.

Summer rebate heats up (and it’s even hotter for first-time Blue Frog installers)

Blue Frog installers,

Summertime means lots of solar being installed, and with the A+ Rewards summer incentive programs, there’s no better time to purchase Blue Frog/APS microinverters.

Plus, APS America is now offering a huge bonus incentive for first-time installers.


With the new Tiered Rewards Program, the more Blue Frog/APS microinverters you buy through Sept. 30, 2015, the bigger your rebate – up to $15 back per unit.

That’s right: Every APS YC500 microinverter you purchase from us through Sept. 30, 2015, will earn you up to $15 back from APS. Show proof of purchase through the rebate website, and APS will send you a Visa® Gift Card with value added for every microinverter purchased during that period.

Here’s how it works:

Purchase up to 50 APS microinverters (the basic tier), and you’ll receive a $5 rebate per unit. Order more, and watch your rebate grow with every tier:

  • 1-50 units purchased: $5 rebate per unit
  • units 51-150 purchased: $10 rebate per unit
  • units 151-400 purchased: $13 rebate per unit
  • units 401-plus purchased: $15 rebate per unit

The rebates are tiered, and the number of units you purchase adds up over the course of the promotion, so as you order more, your rebate level increases.

For example, the rebate amount for a 500-unit total would be $6,000 (calculated as 50 @ $5, plus 100 @ $10, plus 250 @ $13, plus 100 @ $15). That’s tremendous savings you won’t find anywhere else in the industry – our reward to you for being a Blue Frog/APS partner installer.

Are you a first-time Blue Frog/APS installer? It gets even better. 

First-time Blue Frog/APS installers who order microinverters through Blue Frog Solar will receive even more: a $250 Visa® Gift Card, and a free ECU (Energy Communication Unit) – with free monitoring for the life of the product. Plus the tiered rebate on top of that.

With $250 back and a free ECU with free monitoring, power your solar summer with Blue Frog/APS microinverters and find out why APS is the fastest-growing solar microinverter provider in the world.

Full terms and conditions of the rebate program are available at, or email aplus [at] apsamerica [dot] com.

There’s never been a better time to bring Blue Frog/APS microinverters to your customers, and we’re glad to partner with APS for this incredible promotion.

Remember: The new APS A+ Rewards Tiered Rebate & First Time Installer Programs run July 1 through Sept. 30, 2015.

Place your order with Blue Frog Solar today for prompt fulfillment.

Blue Frog and Habitat for Humanity: a great partnership

Blue Frog Solar is proud to be partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County on the Harris Court self-help housing project in Port Orchard.

With contributions by Blue Frog and itek Energy, each family in this attractive and affordable new neighborhood will enjoy the benefits of their own PV system.

Thirty-two single-family homes are planned, with buildout over the next several years — all powered by Made In Washington solar equipment.

Find out more about the Harris Court project at the Kitsap Habitat website, and also on our Blue Frog Featured Installations page.

Thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County for inviting us to put up banners at the job site, to celebrate our partnership and spread the word about Washington solar.

And way to go, new homeowners!


EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE. Cash back for purchasing Blue Frog/APS microinverters

Good news, installers: The A+ Rewards program has proved so popular, we’re extending the rebate period through the end of June. That gives you an extra month to earn cash back for purchasing Blue Frog/APS microinverters.

That’s right – every YC500 microinverter you purchase from Blue Frog through June 30, 2015, will earn you $10 back from APS. Show proof of purchase through the rebate website, and APS will send you a Visa® Gift Card with $10 value added for every microinverter purchased during that period.

Full terms and conditions of the rebate program are available at, or email aplus [at] apsamerica [dot] com.

This is a great opportunity to bring Blue Frog microinverters to your customers, and we’re glad to partner with APS for this extended promotion.

Again, the APS A+ Rewards rebate period now runs through June 30, 2015, for your company. Place your order with Blue Frog today for prompt fulfillment.



Inland Power community solar project hits 50kW with Blue Frog microinverters
Demand for shares in a Spokane community solar installation was so strong, sponsoring utility Inland Power & Light boosted capacity with a second array.The project’s second phase, completed in late March, added a 20 kW ground-mount array outside the utility’s main office off Interstate 90 in eastern Washington. It joins a 30 kW array that went into service last fall.The arrays include all certified Made In Washington solar equipment, including modules by itek Energy of Bellingham, microinverters by Blue Frog/APS of Poulsbo, and racking by SunModo of Vancouver, Wash.IMG_4613 Installation was by Brimma Solar of Seattle.

“Inland Power was great to work with for the entire project,” said John Harley, Brimma vice president.

A member-owned utility, Inland Power made units in the solar installation available to its ratepayers through a lottery.

“The project sold out immediately,” said John Francisco, chief of energy resources for Inland Power.

Unit holders will get credit for their portion of the array’s power production, along with a pro rata rebate from the state under Washington’s Renewable Energy Cost Recovery program.

Inland Power & Light serves about 39,000 residential and commercial customers in 13 counties in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. Founded in 1937, it is the largest electric cooperative in Washington.

Blue Frog Solar manufactures advanced microinverters under license from APS, a global leader in solar technology. Blue Frog was recently honored by Seattle Business magazine as a top emerging manufacturer in the 2015 Washington Manufacturing Awards.

Inland Power & Light community solar, phases 1+2

Designer/Installer: Brimma Solar
Owner: Inland Power & Light (member-owned utility)
Location: Spokane, WA
Installation date: August 2014/March 2015
Capacity: 50 kW
Module type: itek 265W and 280W modules
No. of modules: 184
Microinverters: Blue Frog/APS YC500 MIW
No. of microinverters: 92
Racking: SunModo


Blue Frog at green-buildings conference in Leavenworth this week

Blue Frog Solar is a Bronze Level sponsor at this week’s Energy/Facilities Connections Conference in Leavenworth, Wash.

Hosted by Washington State University Energy Program, the confab runs May 5-7 at the Enzian Inn.

This year’s theme, “Staying Smarter than Your Buildings,” considers the need for facilities leaders to keep up with advancements in clean-energy technologies. Facilities design and management and plant operations will be addressed.

Meet the Blue Frog team at the seminar, or email sales [at] bluefrogsolar [dot] com.

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Blue Frog Solar earns Silver Award as emerging manufacturer

Blue Frog Solar has earned a prestigious Silver Award among Washington’s emerging manufacturers.

The 2015 Washington Manufacturing Awards were sponsored by Seattle Business magazine, and presented at a gala event April 29 at the Boeing Museum of Flight.


“It’s great to be honored as an up-and-coming manufacturer, more so for what it says about Washington’s thriving solar industry,” said Tim Bailey, Blue Frog co-founder. “So many people in our state are committed to a clean-energy future, and we’re pleased to help meet the demand for quality solar products while creating local jobs.”

Blue Frog Solar manufactures certified Made In Washington microinverters under license from global solar technology leader APS.

Honorees in the 2015 Washington Manufacturing Awards were chosen by a panel that included leading executives from throughout the state’s manufacturing and business sphere.

“The winners were companies with innovative products who found ways to boost their competitiveness through improved manufacturing processes and effective marketing,” said Leslie Helm, editor of Seattle Business magazine. “It’s companies like these that remind us of the current strength and future promise of Washington’s manufacturing sector.”


Washington manufacturers account for 12 percent of the state’s economy and close to half of all its exports, Helm noted.

Bill Virgin, editor and publisher of Washington Manufacturing Alert and a member of the selection committee, said winning businesses in the competition shared a number of traits, including: a continuous record of innovation and improvement; an unwillingness to coast on legacy; enthusiasm for remaking the business, if that’s what customers, the market and competition call for; and attention to detail in internal operations.

Winners are also “constantly asking the question, ‘what’s next?’” Virgin wrote.

For information on the Seattle Business magazine’s 2015 Washington Manufacturing Awards, see

Blue Frog Solar was founded in 2011 in Poulsbo, Wash., to bring the finest solar design and technology to the Pacific Northwest. Through the unique Simple Solar program, Blue Frog offers a complete solar financing, materials and installation package for residential and commercial PV systems. The Simple Solar program offers the best pricing, smoothest and most buyer-friendly process for installing Made In Washington solar arrays. See for information.

Five common mistakes that can ruin your PV installation

Unknown-e1428081501525Mistake No. 1:

You don’t understand the voltages of microinverters in relation to modules. Microinverters operate in a specific voltage window, and give optimal performance with modules designed for the same range. Having an undersized or oversized module may affect production and potentially cause output “clipping.”


Mistake No. 2:

You think of monitoring as an “add-on” rather than an integral part of the system. The homeowner likes to know the solar array is working properly and efficiently, and the installer needs it to help diagnose problems (and possibly gives the installer a way to sell a service package). Some installers do not include monitoring in their installations, which leaves both installer and homeowner flying blind. Make monitoring a priority.


Mistake No. 3:

You install the gateway device in a poor location. Communication units that relay module performance data need to be sited properly to facilitate strong Power Line Communication between the PV system components.


Mistake No. 4:

You set up the communication unit incorrectly. Always make sure to designate inverter numbers and configure local grid parameters properly, to prevent crosstalk with other systems in the area.

Mistake No. 5:

You don’t know your local codes and jurisdictions. Some inspectors may be using 2008, 2011 or 2014 NEC codes, based on state adoption. This could affect the connections and any safety measures needed. Always make friends with the inspector.