Where We’ll Be in June 2012

Tennessee Historic Preservation Fair
Saturday, June 2 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Eastwood Christian Church
1601 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206
More info here

LightWave Solar Johnson City Open House
Wednesday, June 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

516 W. Oakland Ave, Ste 102
Johnson City, TN 37604
Learn about solar and see a working solar display. There will be snacks, drinks & games!

Solar 101 Workshop
Wednesday, June 13 from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

1001 North Roan Street
Johnson City, TN 37601

Federal Support for Solar Energy Consistent with Incentives for Traditional Energy Sources

New Study Finds Federal Solar Support Follows Same Path as all Other Energy Sources; Potential Return on Investment Includes 430,000 Jobs, Significant Benefits to American Economy 

A recent study, Assessment of Incentives and Employment Impacts of Solar Industry Deployment, published by the University of Tennessee Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy highlights the importance of federal incentives for emerging energy technologies like solar energy and the vast benefits solar energy could bring to the U.S. economy with continued federal support. The report not only emphasizes the value of consistent federal energy incentives, but shows how solar energy is following the same incentive-driven path as other traditional energy sources like coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear.

Importance of Stable Federal Energy Incentives

  • Energy technologies, including oil and gas, typically require about 30 years to achieve widespread adoption. Stable incentives have been critical throughout this adoption period for traditional resources. Solar is following a similar but accelerated trajectory.
  •  The study finds direct federal government support has removed
    barriers, encouraged private investment and enabled all energy technologies to reach maturity.
  • The study states that solar energy technologies are moving quickly toward widespread adoption. Consistent government support will be crucial for solar to become a major source of domestic energy production.

Decades of Incentives for Traditional Fuels

  • The chart to the right highlights federal government spending for every major energy source over the past 60 years.
  • Solar has received a modest amount of federal support compared to other energy sources.

Economic Impacts of Solar Energy

  • The study finds that, with consistent policy, solar could support 200,000 to 430,000 jobs across the United States by 2020.
  • Widespread solar adoption can lower peak electricity rates, strengthen our national energy portfolio, and benefit all Americans.

LightWave Solar Installs 400 kW for Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee

Atop their headquarters and warehouse facilities, solar PV furthers Goodwill’s mission of sustainability

May 4, 2012


Nashville, Tenn. The largest area installer of solar PV systems in Tennessee, LightWave Solar, recently completed two solar installations totaling 400 kilowatts at Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee in downtown Nashville.  The projects were 100 percent funded by the non-profit and are among the last systems under the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Generation Partners program for systems over 50 kW.

“The systems will generate over $100,000 per year for Goodwill,” says Steve Johnson, President of LightWave Solar.  “They have invested in equipment that will help them hedge against rising fuel costs over the next 30 to 40 years.”

At their distribution warehouse, 200 kW is expected to offset nearly 80 percent of the building’s electric use.  Another 200 kW on their headquarters will offset about 45 percent.  Each system incorporates 832 Canadian Solar 240-watt solar panels, two 95kW Solectrica Renewables inverters, and Solectrica’s SolrenView web-based monitoring to track production and environmental benefits in real-time.  Over the next 30 years, the systems will offset carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxide (NOX), and sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions that are equivalent to planting 2,400 acres of trees.

“We’re in the business of re-use,” says David Lifsey, CEO of Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee. “The items we sell might otherwise be destined for a landfill.  Making use of a resource like sunlight makes sense and fits right in with our mission.”

Goodwill is a not-for-profit corporation whose primary mission is to provide training and employment services to people who have disabilities or who otherwise have trouble finding and keeping a job.  They fund their operation through the sale of donated goods.

Their new solar systems are in addition to 60kW they installed last year.

“It is prudent to take advantage of the pollution-free, abundant and cost effective power of the sun,” says Lifsey.  Goodwill’s board of directors has shown good stewardship of Goodwill’s resources and the world’s resources by their forward thinking decisions to utilize solar generation as part of our overall energy usage.”

On March 29 and 30, 2012, the systems were grid-interconnected by Nashville Electric Service (NES) and TVA.

To learn more about this project, contact LightWave Solar at 615-641-4050 and info@lightwavesolar.com.  Monitoring data and project video are located here: http://monitor.lightwavesolar.com/goodwill.

LightWave Solar Presents Agricenter International Sun Tracking Solar Array Commissioning

On April 11 LightWave Solar celebrated the completion of the largest single axis tracking system in Tennessee. Watch the video and hear from Agricenter Chairman Bill Gillon, Silicon Ranch CEO Matt Kisber and more.

The strategic partners:
LightWave Solar
Silicon Ranch
Array Technologies
Sharp Solar
Evergreen Solar Services
Terry Construction
City of Memphis
Shelby County Government