When designing a PV system for this stylish contemporary home in La Conner, Skagit County, the team from Whidbey Sun & Wind chose Blue Frog microinverters and itek PV panels.

A total of 18 Itek 260-watt modules and nine APS YC500 inverters were used in the 4.68 kW, tilt-rack system. The installation was completed in March.

“We chose itek and APS/Blue Frog equipment to take full advantage of the Made-In-Washington financial benefits,” says Mark Anderson, project manager and NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional. “The APS inverters allowed us to avoid both string sizing and slight shading issues.”

Anderson’s team went through several designs before opting not to do a ballasted system, choosing instead to do a fully attached installation. A local company re-roofed the original torch-down roof with a TPO membrane and took care of flashing around the system attachment posts. Racking is by Snap-N-Rack.

“We expect this PV system to offset nearly all of the customers’ electrical needs,” Anderson says.

Founded in 2000, Whidbey Sun & Wind offers a full slate of renewable energy products and services including solar electric, solar water heating, wind power and micro-hydro.

Thanks to Whidbey Sun & Wind for being a Blue Frog solar partner and choosing Blue Frog/APS microinverters for this impressive installation!



May 15, 2014

SEATTLE — Demand for solar homes in the Washington market is at an all-time high. Builders offering a solar option on new construction find that their homes sell twice as fast as those without a renewable energy option.

But not everyone understands how simple it is to finance a residential solar system – or just how fast the return on investment is with today’s incentives. Blue Frog Solar is changing that, with its new Simple Solar campaign for builders, developers and homebuyers.

simple-headerimageBlue Frog has partnered with A&R Solar, one of Washington’s top installers, and Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union to create a complete solar financing, materials and installation package. The Simple Solar program will offer the best pricing and simplest process for installing Made in Washington solar arrays on homes.

“Solar’s time is here in Washington,” said Tim Bailey, director of the Simple Solar campaign for Blue Frog Solar. “It’s been difficult in the past for a builder to include solar as a standard part of a new home package because the financing and incentives haven’t lined up. We’ve figured out a way to let buyers take advantage of current incentives and still have solar be part of the developer’s program.”

Dwell Development of Seattle is the first to offer the Simple Solar package to customers, and a promotional event for Dwell homebuyers will be held May 15 in Columbia City. The event is by invitation.

bfsimplesolarThe Simple Solar package takes advantage of the  excellent incentives available for consumer investment in residential solar systems. The average Washington homeowner who goes solar today will enjoy $760 in energy savings annually, while state and federal incentives (including sales tax exemptions and energy buyback from utilities) have lowered the payback period to as little as five or six years. With a 30 percent federal tax credit and product incentives through 2020, a homeowner could get a $25,000 residential solar system for a net investment of just over $1,300.

Along with their “1-2-3” steps to Simple Solar -– apply for zero-down financing through PSCCU, sign a contract with A&R, and set a date for solar install –- Blue Frog is also showing builders and developers how to make their homes solar-ready at the point of design and construction. Measures range from orienting homes to maximize sun exposure and leaving unobstructed roof space, to pre-wiring needed conduit and leaving breaker box space for solar equipment.

“When we say ‘Simple Solar,’ we mean it,” Bailey said. “Blue Frog is the first distributor in the state to offer a solar package like this, and to help builders and homebuyers go solar from the start.”

While the program is focusing on new construction at launch, all Washington homeowners can take advantage of the Simple Solar package. The Blue Frog Solar website will guide anyone through the process in just a few minutes.

For information on the Simple Solar program, see, email simple [at] bluefrogsolar [dot] com, or call (206) 855-5149.

For information on Dwell Development’s participation in the Simple Solar program, see or call 206.683.7595.


Letting the sun shine in: Habitat for Humanity neighborhood gets solar panels

Blue Frog Solar and Habitat for Humanity have teamed up to bring solar to 32 new homes in Port Orchard (using Made-In-Washington Blue Frog/APS microinverters, of course!), and we get great coverage in the Kitsap Sun newspaper. Read the whole story here.



Blue Frog Solar is pleased to be continuing the 25-year warranty on our Made In Washington microinverter units. That’s the standard 10-year warranty, plus an extra 15-year extended warranty period courtesy of Blue Frog.

Is this a change? Only in the details. Our supplier APS America is moving to a standard 10-year warranty with an optional 15-year extension at the time of purchase. But Blue Frog Solar has agreed to pay for the extended warranty up front and include it in our regular price, so you won’t see a change in what we offer.

Solar installations typically have a 25-year design life, so it’s important that all components in the system are built to last – from the PV panels down to the racking units. When you choose Blue Frog, you know your microinverters will be there for the long haul with the rest of the system.

We guarantee it ‘ and we’re backing it up with an extended warranty period, on us.

Click here to download our exclusive Blue Frog warranty information.

Tim Bailey will speak at NW Solar Summit, May 2-3 in Woodinville

Tim Bailey of Blue Frog Solar and APS America will be among the panelists at the NW Solar Summit, May 2-3 in Woodinville.

Bailey will participate in the Manufacturer’s Sector panel at 11:35 a.m. Saturday.

The Solar Summit brings together stakeholders from around the Washington state solar industry, including installers, system designers, utilities, manufacturers and solar advocates. This year’s conference will address the state solar industry after 2020, with the approaching sunset of state incentives for solar investment.

The NW Solar Summit is May 2-3 at the Brightwater Education and Community Center in Woodinville.

For information and registration, see



New electrical safety standards are coming to Washington state, and you can trust Blue Frog microinverters to be in full compliance.

Washington state has adopted the new National Electrical Code 2014 (NEC 2014) to take effect July 1. Under section 690.12 of the code, PV system circuits must include a Rapid Shutdown function to cut off the flow of current in case of an emergency. Blue Frog Solar is working with state Labor & Industries officials to make sure our equipment satisfies the new standards, and all indications are positive. We have been sharing our progress with installers and are happy to pass along what we know – give us a call!

Based on our conversations with installers, we expect an increase in demand for our line of proven safety-compliant microinverters as NEC 2014 takes effect. Blue Frog is gearing up production to meet demand, but we suggest getting orders in sooner rather than later to ensure prompt fulfillment.


Blue Frog is looking for great solar installations to highlight in our newsletter and website.

If you’ve completed a residential or commercial project with Blue Frog microinverters and you’d like to see it featured, send the details (with photos, please!) to our Blue Frog marketing team. Along with the project specs, we’ll include your company information and logo in our outreach to customers ­ a great cross-promotion opportunity.

Email media [at] bluefrogsolar [dot] com and we’ll be glad to share your solar success stories!


A&R Solar of Seattle is the installer for the largest planned, solar-ready neighborhood in Washington state, and they’re using quality Made In Washington microinverters from Blue Frog.
The new Grow Community on Bainbridge Island is the model of sustainable living, with beautiful solar-powered, net-zero energy homes, healthy transportation options, and shared community gardens. Solar output of individual residential systems ranges from 2.9 kW to 8.9 kW, with more than 112 kW capacity completed or currently under installation. Each home installation uses from 24-34 Blue Frog microinverter units.

With a goal of completing 132 residential units by 2016, Grow Community will eventually save between 2.5 and 3 tons of coal per year. Made In Washington microinverters from Blue Frog will be on every rooftop.

“Grow Community is a proud partner of BlueFrog Solar. With Itek Modules and APS Microinverters supplied by BlueFrog, Grow Community solar is performing better than expected. The Grow neighborhood is now the largest solar neighborhood in Washington State and is well on its way to achieving its goal of becoming a net zero community”– Marja Preston, Asani

Blue Frog is proud to partner with A&R Solar of Seattle on Grow Community, showing the way forward for sustainable power and design. See A&R Solar’s impressive portfolio of installations here.

Serial Solar Entrepreneur

Blue Frog Solar CEO Kelly Samson is featured in the latest issue of the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal for his leadership in the solar industry. Thanks to the Journal and writer Rodika Tollefson for the great coverage of Blue Frog and our solar future!

Click here to read the article


Tim Bailey of Blue Frog Solar/APS America to speak at Solar Washington on March 10

Tim Bailey of Blue Frog Solar and APS America will discuss solar microinverter technology at the March 10 general meeting of Solar Washington.

tim_baileyTim will join a panel of local solar manufacturers reviewing the history and future of solar inverter technology in Washington State.

Tim is a co-founder of Blue Frog Solar and an executive with APS America. APS ranked No. 2 in global market share among top microinverter suppliers by shipments in 2013 (source: GTM Research).

The Solar Washington event runs 6-8 p.m. March 10 in Education Center Classroom 2 at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.

UnknownSolar Washington meets during odd months and is free and open to solar and related businesses, homeowners and solar enthusiasts. The meetings are an opportunity to network with industry representatives and learn about current products, services and issues surrounding the solar industry in Washington State.

For those unable to attend the meeting in person, the event will be streamed live at See for more information.

APS America, representing APS in the US market, is based near Seattle. APS was founded in Silicon Valley in 2009, and is now a global leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of microinverters based on their own proprietary, leading-edge solar technology.

For more information on APS microinverters, see or