Contractor’s Corner: A Podcast With Steve Johnson

Solar Power World recently featured Steve Johnson, President of LightWave Solar on Contractor’s Corner, a new podcast series highlighting solar contractors and installers. This podcast series is a companion to the Contractor’s Corner column in the back of Solar Power World’s print magazine and on the website, so make sure you look for the featured solar contractors in the August/September issue — which will have bonus distribution at Solar Power International in Orlando this September.

Click here to listen now!


Where We’ll Be in September 2012

Solar 101 Workshop in Bristol on Sept 12

On Wednesday, September 12, LightWave Solar will be in Bristol to host an informative solar workshop. Learn why 2012 is the best year to invest in solar. We will cover the types of solar energy packages, current and future incentives, and solar project highlights.

Solar 101 Workshop in Bristol
Wed, Sept 12 6:30-7:30pm  (Sandwiches will be served!)
Bristol Public Library
701 Goode Street
Bristol, VA 24201

The workshop is free and open to the public!  Please RSVP to Alexis at  aclose@lightwavesolar.comor 423-737-0151.

Solar for Business Lunch and Learn in Memphis on Sept 13

LightWave Solar in Memphis is hosting a Solar for Business Lunch & Learn.  We will explain the financial benefits of adding solar to a business, including an overview of the available tax incentives and TVA’s new solar incentive program and its expected changes next year.

Thursday, September 13 from 12-1pm.  Lunch is included!
River Tower at South Bluffs Clubhouse
655 Riverside Drive
Memphis, TN 38103

Please park immediately outside the entry to the condominium complex to the right as you come off Riverside Drive.  Then go to the guard station and push 000 – the attendant will let you enter. The event is free and open to the public.  Please RSVP to Grace Robertson at or call 615-641-4050 x104.

TN Professional Engineers Conference on Sept 13

LightWave Solar is sponsoring and exhibiting at the annual meeting and professional development conference for TN Professional Engineers on September 13 in Murfreesboro.  You can find all of the details here:

LightWave Solar to Participate in National Plug In Day Sept 23

LightWave Solar President, Steve Johnson will be driving his Nissan Leaf for Nashville’s Electric Vehicle Rally on Sept. 23 to celebrate National Plug In Day. Make sure you stop by LightWave Solar’s booth on Sunday at Vanderbilt University’s SMART Charging Station on the corner of 21st Ave. S and Broadway from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click on the picture above for all of the details or visit the National Plug In Day website.

TDEC’s Sustaining Tennessee’s Future Conference Sept 26-28

LightWave Solar will have a booth at the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation’s (TDEC) Sustaining Tennessee’s Future Conference on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Click here for all of the details and to register.

Tennessee Has a Solar PV Potential of 20 Times the Amount of Electricity Used

Latest NREL Report Suggests that Tennessee Has a Solar PV Potential of 20 Times the Amount of Electricity Used in the State

In a government report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory demonstrates the tremendous potential for solar energy generation in Tennessee. The report estimates the technical potential of solar PV as well as other renewable power sources for the production of electrical power. It is a study of the potential based on renewable resource availability and quality, technical system performance, topographic limitations, environmental, and land-use constraints only. The study does not consider the economic, political or market constraints. In 2010, Tennessee used 103,522 GWh (103,522,000,000 kWh). The report estimates that the total solar potential including rural and urban utility-scale PV as well as roof-top solar would amount to 2,295,918 GWh.

The full report can be found here.
Via Tennessee Solar Energy Association

Infographic On The Energy-Water Collision: How Hot, Dry Summers Impact Water and Power Generation

Every year, the United States consumes more than 3 trillion KWh of electricity. This power is generated by coal-fired power plants, nuclear plants, solar panels, hydroelectric damns, wind turbines, geothermal wells, and other sources and it requires water to produce.

As much as 41% of all water used in the United States goes to power plants to produce electricity, making them the single largest water consumer in the nation.

via Infographic On The Energy-Water Collision: How Hot, Dry Summers Impact Water and Power Generation.