Simple Solar at Northwest Green Home Tour – April 25-26
Look for Blue Frog Solar on the NW Green Home Tour, April 26 in Seattle. 

We’ll be onsite at the amazing Ballard Emerald Star Net Zero Home, built by our friends at Dwell Development.
Located just blocks from Ballard’s vibrant cultural core, this beautiful new home is topped with itek Energy’s Washington-made solar panels (using Blue Frog microinverters, of course) and will feature net-zero energy consumption, earning credits for energy sent back to the grid.

We expect this to be a very popular stop on the tour, with a gourmet food truck and maybe even ice cream – come by for lunch!

Meet the Blue Frog team and find out more about our Simple Solar program, and how you can put the power of Washington-made solar to work for you.

Find out more on the NW Green Home Tour and Dwell Development’s outstanding Ballard Emerald Star Net Zero Home right here .


Seattle Business magazine to honor Blue Frog Solar

washingtonmfBlue Frog Solar has been selected for honor by Seattle Business magazine in its annual Washington Manufacturing Awards competition.

Blue Frog is one of three finalists in the Emerging Manufacturing Company of the Year category for 2015.

The top awards will be announced and winners feted at a gala dinner April 29 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

“We’re very pleased to be selected for recognition by Seattle Business magazine,” said Tim Bailey, Blue Frog Solar co-founder. “Washington’s thriving solar industry is a great story, and we’re proud to be among the many local businesses working to build a clean-energy future for our state.”

seattleV3_logoBainbridge Island-based Blue Frog produces certified Made In Washington solar microinverters under license from APS, a global leader in solar technology.

Microinverters are a key component of residential and commercial photovoltaic systems, converting the DC current generated by rooftop solar panels into AC current useable by households and the general grid.

Blue Frog has also teamed up with Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union and area solar vendors to offer the Simple Solar program, a complete solar financing, equipment and installation package.

For information on the Washington Manufacturing Awards competition and gala event, see

For information on Blue Frog Solar, see

Cash back for purchasing Blue Frog/APS microinverters

Valued installer,

We’re pleased to announce that we’re partnering with APS America on A+ Rewards, an outstanding new rebate program that will give you cash back for purchasing your Blue Frog/APS microinverters.

Every APS YC500-MIW microinverter you purchase from Blue Frog between March 1 and May 31, 2015, will earn you $10 back from APS. Show proof of purchase through the APS 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 APS microinverters to your customers, and we’re glad to partner with APS for this promotion.

Again, the APS A+ Rewards rebate period runs March 1 through May 31, 2015. Place your order with us today to take advantage of this excellent offer.


SOLAR SPOTLIGHT: Banner Power Solutions Nookachamp Hills development, Mount Vernon, WA

This sleek 9.0kW system is located in the rapidly expanding Nookachamp Hills development in Mount Vernon, Wash.

26The team at Banner Power Solutions were originally contacted to design and estimate a small PV system to light the entrance of the development.

After talking with residents active on the Nookachamp Hills board, owners of this home became very excited about the environmental and financial benefits of solar for themselves.

They decided to move forward with their own project using 33 itek 250-watt modules and 17 Blue Frog YC500-MIW microinverters.

“They were very excited about using the Bluefrog/APS online monitoring service to watch their system produce some serious power,” says Eric Hull of Banner Power Solutions.

Project location: Mount Vernon, WA
System size: 9.10kW
Panels used: 33-Itek 250 watt (black frames/racking components)
Inverters Used: 17 Blue Frog/APS YC500-MIW microinverters
Estimated power bill reduction: 83.6 percent


APS now offers YC500 training video

Blue Frog installers should know that APS has added a new video, “YC500 Microinverter and Energy Communication Unit Installation,” to its lineup of training resources.

The training video supplements current webinars for APS installer certification, and can be found here.

This video fully explains the YC500 microinverter installation process and provides basic setup of the Energy Communication Unit. Subsequent videos will cover ECU programming and Energy Monitoring and Analysis registration and management.

Keep up to date on best practices for installation of Blue Frog/APS microinverter systems.


Blue Frog’s new SIMPLE SOLAR website gives you tools to sell solar

3c8c00b8-a3c3-49a0-b2ac-587d353ab7eeSolar’s the way to go, and simple’s the way to get there.

Blue Frog is leading the way with a new website for our Simple Solar program. You’ll find everything you need to sell solar to homebuilders and homeowners. The website is a one-stop shop financing, equipment and installation.

Check out and see what Simple Solar has to offer – and pass the link along to anyone you know who’s thinking of going solar. Blue Frog’s got the all-in-one package they’re looking for.

Blue Frog helps Grow neighborhood hit 100 percent solar

Blue Frog has partnered with the innovative  Grow Community development on Bainbridge Island from the outset, so showcase solar in this forward-thinking, ultra-energy-efficient neighborhood.

With the completion of two more solar installations, every single-family home and duplex in Grow’s first phase, the Village, is now powered by photovoltaics.

PV systems numbers 22 and 23 are online and producing renewable energy, improving the neighborhood’s already stellar self-sufficiency while promising generous utility savings and financial returns for the homeowners.

Blue Frog/APS YC500 and YC250 microinverters are featured in every PV system in the neighborhood – with more solar coming in the project’s next two phases.

Read the whole story here.


Blue Frog’s module partner itek Energy feted by Gov. Inslee

Solar module producer and Blue Frog partner itek Energy of Bellingham was celebrated as a green industry leader by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in his 2015 State of the State Address recently.

Gov. Inslee praised itek among Washington companies now developing clean energy solutions and adding skilled jobs to the state’s economy.

Green manufacturing leaders like itek are helping the state meet the challenge of carbon emissions, the governor said, as he highlighted his vision for incentives for clean technology and transportation, and investment in energy efficiency statewide.

“I’ve seen companies in Washington moving full steam ahead to seize these opportunities and create jobs,” Gov. Inslee said. “Itek in Bellingham is not only one of our state’s largest solar panel manufacturers, but produces the most powerful solar panels in the industry.”

Read the whole story here.


Buy more, save more — Blue Frog introduces tiered pricing, effective Jan. 1

It’s been a year of milestones for Blue Frog Solar.

Every month, it seems, we set a new mark in sales volume as our Blue Frog/APS microinverters are put to work in new solar installations around the region. Thank you to all of our installers for your generous business!

To share our success, we’re pleased to introduce a new tiered pricing scale to reward high-volume buyers. As your business increases, you’ll be rewarded with quarterly rebates directly from Blue Frog.

The new tiered pricing takes effect Jan. 1.

How it works:

  • Unit pricing for low-volume customers — 49 units or fewer purchased during the quarter — remains unchanged. Buy our microinverters as you need them, as your business demands.
  • Buyers who reach our new second tier — 50 or more units purchased in a quarter — will receive a 5 percent rebate at the end of the period.
  • Top-volume buyers — more than 200 units purchased in a quarter — will receive an additional 5 percent off the second-tier price.
  • The new tiered pricing affects only the microinverter units themselves; pricing of related equipment is unchanged.

It’s really this simple: Our volumes have increased dramatically as our Made In Washington Blue Frog/APS microinverters have become the standard for solar installations, leading to economies of scale in our manufacturing and supply chain.

Now we want to pass our savings on to you, our customers, and help you grow your business at the same time.

Have any questions? Call us at (206) 855-5149 and we’ll be glad to help. (And feel free to place an order while you have us on the phone.)

Thanks again for your continued business. We’re looking forward to an even bigger 2015 – for Blue Frog Solar, and for you.


Blue Frog, Greendrinks & some holiday cheer

Simple Solar is coming to town!

Blue Frog’s Simple Solar program will be featured at the upcoming Greendrinks mixer, Tuesday, Dec. 9 at Tesla Motor Works in Seattle.

The team from A&R Solar will be on hand to answer questions about Simple Solar, Blue Frog’s zero-pain, zero-down way to get the power of Made In Washington solar working for you in the new year.

We’ll also be highlighting Extend the Day, our nonprofit effort that brings solar lighting to students in Namibia, Bangladesh and other developing nations. Come find out how you can brighten the lives of families across the globe this holiday season, or see

The good cheer doesn’t stop there: The evening also marks the Seattle Good Business Network/Sustainable Seattle annual holiday fair. Pick out some locally made gifts while enjoying tasty food and beverages, music and merriment.

The event runs 5:30-9 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Tesla showroom, 435 Westlake Avenue N. in South Lake Union.

See for more information on the holiday fair, then come down and greet the season with Blue Frog Simple Solar.