A&R Solar

Solar Energy System Design & Installation

Seattle, Washington

United States

www.a-rsolar.com

About A&R Solar

A&R Solar is a team of smart, environmentally conscious specialists who design and install solar energy systems for homeowners, businesses, and government agencies.  The company was founded in 2007 as an employee owned venture in Seattle, Washington.  As one of the first contractors dedicated to solar installations in Washington State, A&R Solar empowers its customers by helping them take their energy futures into their own hands while minimizing their carbon footprints. 

We started A&R Solar with the idea of changing the way business was done in the world.  We wanted to build a business structure that focused on respect for our employees, our customers, our community, and our planet.  We believe that by aligning our personal values with our business, we will achieve incredible results.

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The Change We Seek®

A&R Solar conducts business on a Triple Bottom Line model, measuring success by the social, environmental, and economic impacts it makes. By delivering solar energy solutions to homes and businesses, its activities are slowing the destructive effects of climate change. And at the same time, its customers are gaining energy independence while supporting a local, green economy. This can be seen as a win-win-win, with the results being a cleaner, safer planet, increased energy independence, and a robust local economy.A&R Solar’s purpose is to build a great company, with great people, and great results. By helping homeowners and businesses embrace liberating technologies, A&R Solar powers what’s next.

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What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

November 2012
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

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Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

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Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

N/A
N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

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Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

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Overall B Score
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80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Governance: Has an open book management process

Workers:  Pays employees >55% above living wage;  Covers >80% of health premiums for all workers; Fully funded retirement plan for employees with the company longer than 2 years; Created 7 new jobs in the past year

Community:  Gives preference to local, fair trade suppliers; >50% of revenues generated from customers residing locally to company headquarters; >1% profits donated to charity, mostly to local organizations

Environment: Specific environmental criteria required for Significant Suppliers; >90% of energy from renewable sources; Extensive recycling and composting program; >75% of printed materials use recycled content; Worked with landlord to implement energy and water efficiency improvements and waste reduction programs

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