Stake Claim to TVA’s Solar Incentive Before End of the Year

TVA’s Green Power Providers is now available! However, there is a 2.5 megawatt cap for the rest of 2012.  Plus, TVA expects their solar premium to drop from 12 cents to 9 cents on January 1st, 2013. We’re encouraging anyone interested in installing solar within the next 6 months to contact us now in order to lock-in the 12 cent premium while it is still available.

What difference does 3 cents make?  The bigger the system, the bigger the impact.  Here are two examples:

1. An average sized residential system is 5 kilowatts and generates about 6,570 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year: 6,570 kWh x $.03 = $200/year. Over 10 years, that’s $2,000.
2. For businesses installing 50 kilowatts, that’s $2,000 per year or $20,000 over 10 years!

Here are program details to consider:

  • Green Power Providers will keep the $0.12 solar premium for projects with Participation Agreements executed by December 31, 2012.  However, TVA will stop accepting Participation Agreements on December 1, 2012 and resume acceptance in January.
  • Local distributors usually take 2-4 weeks to send project documents to TVA, so we encourage application submittals by November 1, 2012.  Some utilities can take even longer, so it is important to get started as soon as possible.

LightWave Solar facilitates the Green Power Providers application for our customers.  Contact us to get started. To visit the Green Power Providers website, please click here.

Where We’ll Be in October 2012

Middle TN Green Homes Tour on Oct 6-7Middle Tennessee Green Homes TourPlease join us for the 2nd Annual Middle Tennessee Green Homes Tour benefiting the US Green Building Council and Cumberland River Compact. The tour will be on Saturday, October 6 from 10am-6pm and on Sunday, October 7 from 12pm-6pm.

The tour features 12 homes across Middle Tennessee that demonstrate green building design and sustainable living practices including water and energy efficiency, renewable energy production, eco-friendly building materials, organic gardening and farming, beekeeping, native and edible landscapes, electric vehicles (EVs) and much more.

Solar energy will be featured at several of the homes, and homeowners and solar experts will be available to answer your solar questions. LightWave Solar will be on-site at these two locations:

Steve Johnson Residence
301 Battle Road
Antioch, TN 37013

Dodd Galbreath Residence
801 Lealand Court
Nashville, TN  37204

More info on all homes is available here: Tour costs $15 per person or $25 per couple.  Tickets include a tour to all 12 outstanding green homes plus access to numerous free educational seminars. Tickets can be purchased online (click here) or at the door of any home with cash or check.  We hope to see you there!

Solar Tour at Gray Fossil Site on Oct 6

On Saturday, October 6, join LightWave Solar for a fun, educational event to learn about solar energy and energy efficiency.  Event will include presentations from energy experts, including Johnson City Power Board, lots of Q&A and a tour of a working solar electric system at the Natural History Museum at the Gray Fossil Site.

Saturday, October 6 from 1 to 4 p.m.
1212 Suncrest Drive, Gray, Tennessee 37615

The tour and workshop is free and open to the public!  Please RSVP to Alexis at or 423-737-0151.

Solar Lunch & Learn in Memphis: “New TVA Solar Incentives Explained for Businesses” Oct. 18

LightWave Solar in Memphis is hosting a free lunch & learn to explain TVA’s new solar incentive program and its expected changes next year, as well as the other financial benefits of adding solar to a business, including an overview of the available tax incentives.

Thursday, October 18 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.

2012 Economic Summit in Johnson City Oct 30

Get ready for “Accelerating and Celebrating Entrepreneurship” with the 2012 Economic Summit on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at The Millennium Centre in Johnson City from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  LightWave Solar is sponsoring the event. The Summit includes exciting keynote speeches by East Tennessee State University President Dr. Brian Noland and director of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Michael Burcham, as well as informative breakout sessions with each of the Summit’s six development groups. Click here to learn more and to register for this free event.

Where We’ll Be in November 2012

Lunch & Learn in Johnson City on Nov 1

Lunch & Learn: “New TVA Solar Incentives Explained for Businesses”

LightWave Solar in Johnson City is hosting a free lunch & learn to explain TVA’s new solar incentive program and its expected changes next year, as well as the other financial benefits of adding solar to a business, including an overview of the available tax incentives.

Thursday, Nov 1 from 12-1pm.  Lunch is included!
Nelson Fine Art
324 East Main Street
Johnson City, TN 37601

The event is free and open to the public.  Please RSVP to Alexis Close at or call 423-737-0151.

Sustainable Tennessee Summit Nov 1-2

The Sustainable Tennessee Summit, hosted by the Tennessee Environmental Council, will take place on Friday, Nov. 1 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Volunteer State Community College.

Steve Johnson of LightWave Solar will be presenting on Solar PV in the TVA Region. Other presenters include Shari Meghreblian, Deputy Commissioner – TDEC, Ray Coss – Nissan North America, Louise Gorenflo – Sierra Club’s Healthy Energy Campaign, Mars Petcare, Bridgestone Firestone, Schneider Electric and more. This will be an action-focused event with local campaigns, networking and other initiatives to advance the top priority issues including Energy Conservation & Renewables, Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining, Waste Reduction, Hydro-fracking, and more.

Thursday, Nov. 1 from 7-9pm – Friday, Nov. 2 from 9am-6pm
Volunteer State Community College
1480 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, TN, United States

Click here for more information and to register.