Solar and the Environment - Artisan Electric


Solar and the Environment



Worried about climate change? Then solar is a great way to get proactive and be a real part of the solution.

Solar systems produce 100% renewable energy from the sun, with no harmful greenhouse gas emissions. They help you meet your energy needs without contributing to the problem.

A typical 5kw solar system produces up to 5,000kWh per year. You would need five tons of coal to produce the same amount of electricity. Burning five tons of coal releases 15,000 pounds of greenhouse gases into our atmosphere.

Over the life of the system, therefore, you would be offsetting the equivalent of 150 tons of coal burned, and 450,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.


Solar is virtually maintenance-free, can last up to 50 years, and make use of an otherwise unused space on your home or business. These systems create a legacy we can pass on to our children. When solar panels are used up, they can be reused to make new solar panels, closing the loop.

Not only is the sun virtually an unlimited energy source—the panels themselves are primarily made of silicon. Silicon is the second most plentiful element on Earth (oxygen is the first), and is most commonly found in the form of sand.

Plus, the panels Artisan uses come from the Pacific Northwest, so very little energy is expended getting them to you. And solar produces sustainable jobs, sustainable culture, and sustainable fuel.


Our power is almost exclusively generated in large central power plants in Eastern Washington, then shipped over long distances through large high-voltage power lines. Not all of the power makes it to your home; up to 15% of it is wasted in transmission.

While centralized power lets us take advantage of hydroelectric dams (which present their own environmental issues), a large percentage of our power also comes from coal, gas and nuclear power.

What’s the solution? Local, democratic power. With solar, the power is being produced just a few feet away from where it is going to be used, so it’s by far the most efficient way to produce electricity. While solar homes are still connected to the grid, they use the grid to distribute local, renewable energy.


Generating your own power at home using solar energy makes you a part of the solution. Installing a solar system will help preserve the earth’s finite fossil-fuel resources, reduce air pollution, and create resilience, efficiency, and dependability in the grid.

Our homes, our businesses, our cars and trucks consume a great deal of energy. What if you ran your appliances with solar? What if you heated your home and fueled your car with solar? All of this and more is possible, and surprisingly easy to do. Solar can replace your electric bill, your gas bill, and even your gasoline bill. Electricity is just the start.

Find out how to become part of the solution. Get a free, informative site evaluation.

People’s Platform

In 2015, Shell Oil brought an oil drilling rig, (the Polar Pioneer) to Seattle to have it repaired and then sent up to the Chukchi Sea to do exploritory drilling for oil. Environmentalists were extremely concerned about the damage the oil rig could inflict in the Artic and protested the presence of the Polar Pioneer in Seattle’s Elliott Bay by organizing the worlds largest kayak protest. 

Artisan Electric assisted and joined the protestors and we built a solar PV array to power the Solar Pioneer, a barge that hosted environmental activists and activities during the month-long protest.

A smarter energy solution is closer than you think. Take the first step today.



Artisan is one of the region’s largest and most respected solar contractors.


At Artisan Electric, we believe that clean and efficient energy should be easy, accessible, and beautiful—and we turn that potential into reality for our customers.

Since 2007, we have helped shape the Puget Sound’s energy future by educating communities, simplifying processes, and creating solar energy solutions that are both practical and elegant.

Having installed over 4 MW of solar power, Artisan is one of the largest and most respected solar contractors in the region. We are proud to set industry standards for quality, design, and customer service.

Bringing our integrated approach and signature craftsmanship to every project, we show Puget Sound homeowners and businesses that clean energy is a smart investment and a great fit for their needs and aspirations.

Schedule a consultation to see why individuals and businesses throughout the Puget Sound choose Artisan Electric.

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A higher standard. A greener future.


We never stop working to raise the bar for quality, artistry, and customer service. Grounded in years of experience, and looking ahead to the future of the industry, we continue to evolve as leaders in the Puget Sound’s clean energy movement.


Our work is on the cutting edge of solar technology and design. Inspired by each customer’s unique vision, we seek creative ways to integrate form, function, and power. Of the over 400 residentialand commercial solar arrays we have installed throughout the Puget Sound, many have set precedents for design, local sourcing, and incentive eligibility.


Artisan has built a reputation for superior quality and service, and we work hard to stay at the top of our field. Surpassing industry standards, we stand behind our work with a five-year guarantee. We are the Puget Sound’s only solar contractor whose team is 100% professionally trained and licensed journeyman electricians and apprentices—all of whom share our commitment to total customer satisfaction.


Artisan is a local resource for education, advocacy, and strong business partnerships. For the past three years, Artisan has been selected as a preferred contractor for Northwest SEED and Seattle City Light’s Solarize Seattle campaigns—one of only two contractors identified as “the best match for this community.” From solar workshops to community campaigns, we help the Puget Sound realize its clean energy potential.


Artisan Electric Inc. was founded in 2007 by Jason Williams, a union journeyman and experienced residential and commercial electrician who wanted to exercise his passion for energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. He formed Artisan Electric as a signatory IBEW contractor and hired other professionally trained union electricians from the Local 46 hall, and began to focus on designing and constructing the highest quality solar installations in a fledgling industry.

Several years and much success later, Artisan outgrew the offices on Vashon Island, and in 2013 relocated to our permanent headquarters in the historic Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. Artisan has grown to a total of 31 full time staff (and growing).

To date, Artisan has installed over 600 solar photovoltaic (PV) systems totaling more than 4 MW of production capacity.


Artisan empowers people to energy independence through innovation. As a renewable energy contractor, we feel a moral imperative to combat climate change through education and implementation. Artisan has been a leader in raising public awareness about clean energy, energy efficiency, and global climate change through the use of workshops, webinars, lectures, tours, and work with lawmakers on policy at the state level. We continually strive to raise the bar with our projects, and with our investment in our employees. Artisan is a signatory IBEW Local 46 Electrical Contractor dedicated to providing living wages and long-term careers in the energy industry.

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