About Us

American Solar is a 3rd generation, family owned and operated company providing solar solutions to the Northern Virginia area for over 30 years. We only use the best American made products while providing top-notch quality service. In addition to installing new systems, we also have the capability of servicing all makes and models of existing systems including those in production as well as obsolete models. The company was originally founded by Al Rich in 1979 and was called American Solar Network. In 1986, Richard Smith partnered with Al and was there to assist him with the installation of the collectors that he designed and manufactured. In addition to installing ASN systems, Richard also installed and serviced a variety of other systems. In 1991 Richard and his father Tom Smith partnered up to form American Solar Sales & Service. This division of the company was formed to fill the void of solar service providers left by Reagans repeal of the tax incentives and the subsequent collapse of the solar industry. In 1992, Al moved his portion of the company to California to be a part of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) solar program. A few years later in 1994, Tom retired and Richard took over the company. Since then, Richard has successfully run the company on his own until his retirement in 2010 at which point he turned the company over to his step-son Joel Griggs. Since taking control of the company Joel has been focused on creating new client relationships while maintaining good relations with existing customers. To help facilitate this movement, Joel went to California in April of 2011 and to Florida in April of 2012 and October of 2014 to participate in solar training programs to learn more about system design and the latest advancements in solar technology.
Whether if it’s for your home, pool or business, contact us today to find out how solar energy can SAVE YOU MONEY! Based in Sterling, VA for more than 30 years, we are proud to serve the surrounding counties including:
  • Alexandria
  • Arlington
  • Falls Church
  • Fairfax
  • Loudoun
If you reside outside of our service area, we still might be able to help! Give us a call anyway and we’ll see if we can send one of our skilled technicians to the rescue! Trust American Solar, it’s a bright idea.
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