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 www.cm.wsu.edu/ehome/solarsummit.




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 https://global.gotomeeting.com/meeting/join/154050909. See www.solarwashington.org 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 www.apsamerica.com or www.bluefrogsolar.com.

Future is bright for solar energy


Dec 20, 2013 at 2:14PM

Thank you to the North Kitsap Herald and editor Richard Walker for the thorough and informative story on Blue Frog Solar (Nov. 22 Herald). We are pleased to be part of the Poulsbo business community and we’re grateful for the recognition.

We would like to add that the real success story is our customers — the forward-thinking Washingtonians who are “going solar” in record numbers to power their homes and businesses. It is their passion for a greener state that drives demand for our Made in Washington solar products, allowing Blue Frog to grow our manufacturing and distribution operations and add local jobs. As Washington turns to solar power, we all win.

We would also like to thank the Poulsbo branch of Columbia Bank (in Central Market) for honoring Blue Frog Solar as its Local Business of the Month for November. Many of your readers probably saw our promotional poster at the branch entrance, and we are grateful to the bank for helping us spread the word about solar energy’s bright future.

Tim Bailey
Blue Frog Solar

Incentives are driving growth of solar energy — and of Poulsbo business


by RICHARD WALKER,  North Kitsap Herald Editor
Nov 22, 2013 at 12:00PM updated at 2:41PM

Installation of solar-energy systems in Washington is exempt from sales and use taxes. With the incentives in place today, a new solar system can pay for itself in five to seven years. — image credit: Contributed

Installation of solar-energy systems in Washington is exempt from sales and use taxes. With the incentives in place today, a new solar system can pay for itself in five to seven years.
— image credit: Contributed

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.

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