Where We’ll Be in June

Solar Investment Strategy 101 on June 26

LightWave Solar is hosting a presentation for CPAs, CFOs, Business Owners and Facility Managers to show how solar energy investments work for businesses.  We will cover the financial incentives for commercial solar projects and show cash flow analyses, including a finance model that shows a 33% 20-year IRR on cash outlay for a 50kW solar installation. The approach combines a 5% 10 year loan, federal tax incentives and TVA’s Green Power Providers solar premiums.  Please join us to learn more!

Solar Investment Strategy 101
Wed, June 26 from noon-1pm (Lunch provided)
Adventure Science Center
800 Fort Negley Blvd
Nashville, TN 37203
RSVP: Grace Robertson at grobertson@lightwavesolar.com or 615-641-4050 x104

Memphis & Shelby County Sustainability Summit June 26-27

Reserve your seat at the Memphis & Shelby County Sustainability Summit for answers to your energy and sustainability questions from nationally recognized energy experts.

This event is provided free of charge by the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative in collaboration with the Memphis & Shelby County Office of Sustainability.
• Hear firsthand accounts of success stories from FedEx, Mayo Clinic, and Habitat for Humanity
• Learn about technology upgrades related to HVAC, LED lighting, solar, and energy management
• Participate in customized tracks designed specifically for the opportunities and challenges faced within healthcare, education, and multi-family housing

Download the full agenda here and see how you and your organization can benefit.

E3 Innovate Builder Workshop in Nashville June 21

E3 Innovate Builders Workshop
9:30 – 2 PM at Greater Nashville Association of Realtors
4540 Trousdale Dr, Nashville 37204
Join us at E3 Innovate’s Workshop for Builders, Architects and Realtors.  As our economy continues to rebuild and the housing industry rebounds, leaders in the building industry are looking for a way to stand out, increase their profitability, and expand their competitive edge. At the event, industry experts will:
  • Identify building and housing trends
  • Define the process of Building a High Performance Home
  • Answer questions about Home Energy Rating Score (HERS) and ENERGY STAR v.3.0
  • Explain the Home Certification process and benefits of Preliminary Energy Modeling
  • Share Builder benefits and importance of third party verification
  • Introduce Guest Experts, Dr. Allison Bailes, President of The Energy Vanguard and Wendy Monday, Bob Parks Realty
  • Introduce Vendors: LightWave Solar, Pella Windows and Doors, Precision Air Heating and Cooling, AllAmerican Pest Control and Gardens of Babylon.
  • Much much more…

Early bird tickets are $85 ($115 regularly).  Space is limited so register today! Click here to register.

TREEDC Forum in Franklin June 12

The Tennessee Renewable Energy and Economic Development Council (TREEDC) hosts an energy forum that will cover topics including electric cars, energy efficient buildings, and solar PV. The event will feature the solar project completed at the new Music City Center, which LightWave Solar installed. Click here for Agenda and registration.

Nashville Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours June 12

LightWave Solar will join fellow Chamber members at the brand new Music City Center for networking from 5:30-7:30 pm.  LightWave Solar will have a display table.  Click here for more info.

Blue Plum Festival in Johnson City June 7-9

LightWave Solar is excited to attend the Blue Plum Festival, an event that celebrates downtown Johnson City with music, food, art, local business exhibits, and more. LightWave Solar will have a booth near the info tent on Main Street.  More info is available here: www.blueplum.org


Industry Update: TVA Solar Initiatives Fall Short

Capacity has been reached in TVA’s two solar programs, Green Power Providers (GPP) and Solar Solutions Initiative (SSI). TVA is not approving new applications at this time. However, LightWave Solar will sign contingent contracts and complete utility paperwork to be ready to submit project applications as soon as TVA releases capacity.


We are requesting that TVA make the following actions to smooth out the program:

1. On June 1, 2013, reinstate unused/expired capacity in GPP from the fourth quarter 2012. It is our understanding that approximately 20 percent of the approved capacity from that period was actually built within the 180-day time limit.

2. Going forward, release capacity back into the GPP program on a monthly basis following the six month expiration of agreements (i.e., unused capacity from applications approved during January 2013 is released back into the program on August 1, and so forth).

3.Take steps to prevent speculative applications from taking up capacity, including a Valley-wide applicationfee and requiring a copy of the check between the owner or third party and their selected solar contractor. The purpose of this check is to prevent wild swings in the program, burdening local distributors, solar contractors and TVA with applications that do not have contracts.

4. Beginning June 1, roll unused capacity forward from the 2012 SSI program into 2013. Since the pilot program was a 2-year 20 MW program, and TVA had less than 2 MW built in the first year, 18 MW should be available in 2013. In addition, only signed contracts should count toward the cap, not simply applications received.

We are not asking TVA to increase their spending on solar electricity; we simply want to see that 100% of allotted capacity is built. On the other hand, TVA’s spending on solar electricity is minimal, and we refute TVA’s claim that they need to cap solar incentives to protect ratepayers. Private individuals and businesses make the capital investments in solar projects, and TVA should be expected to buy the electricity at a rate that reflects the value of the power that does not pollute, does not create costly disasters and does not require TVA (ratepayers) to pay for new power plants, maintenance, compliance, insurance, etc.  In addition, when TVA buys solar electricity, they own all of the environmental attributes, the Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs), that can be sold on the SREC market.  Solar is a win for everyone – TVA, ratepayers, clean air and water and the economy.

We encourage you to contact TVA to voice your opinions. Click here to visit the TVA Board of Directors webpage.

Where We’ll Be in May 2013

LightWave Solar is proud to be a part of the brand new Music City Center.  Join us at the Grand Opening Celebration on Sunday, May 19 or Monday, May 20.

The Music City Center began construction in January 2010 and is opening to the public almost 3 1/2 years later in downtown Nashville, TN. The 2.1-million-square-foot convention center boasts more than 353,000 square feet of exhibit space, 1.2 million square feet of public space, and a parking garage holding 1,800 parking spaces. The Center is working towards LEED Silver certification with its green roof, solar panels, and rainwater collection tank. Commissioned and acquired artworks from local and national artists will display throughout the Music City Center as one of the largest public art collections in the nation.

Music City Center Solar ProjectJoin us at the Grand Opening Celebration on Sunday, May 19 or Monday, May 20.  Celebration includes open house tours, free street party and concert featuring Sheryl Crow, The Time Jumpers with Vince Gill, FiskJubilee Singers, and more.  Major Dean will give his State of Metro address on Monday, May 20 at 10 a.m. Click here for details.

Solar 101 Workshop: Solar Energy for Homes and Businesses

On Saturday, May 4, LightWave Solar will be in Banner Elk, N.C. to host an informative solar workshop to explain the benefits of adding solar photovoltaics (PV) to a home or business. We will cover solar system components and cost, current financial incentives, and local solar project highlights.

Solar 101 Workshop in Banner Elk, N.C.
Sat, May 4 10a.m.-12p.m.

Best Western Mountain Lodge
1615 Tynecastle Highway 184
Banner Elk, NC 28604

Light refreshments will be provided. The workshop is free and open to the public!  Please RSVP to Alexis at aclose@lightwavesolar.com or 877-748-1260 x128.

LWS is now a Certified Krinner Ground Screw Installer

The Krinner Ground Screw System is a method of modern foundation construction that is efficient, durable and requires no concrete.

Krinner Ground Screw System

LightWave Solar offers Krinner Ground Screw installation for ground-mounted solar projects, as well as non-solar projects including traffic signs, billboards, pavilions, carports, sheds, docks, fences and many other applications.

Click here for more info.  Call 615-641-4050 and ask for Brian Lechliter, LWS Director of Operations.

LWS Featured in Solar Pro Magazine

Solar Pro Features LightWave SolarLightWave Solar was in the latest issue of SolarPro Magazine, a leading industry publication.  As part of their Project Profile series, SolarPro featured the 24 kW system LightWave Solar installed at the University School of Nashville.  The article highlights some of the challenges and unique aspects of the project, including the adjustment of the ground mounted racking system so that it would not be compromised in a flood like the one that hit Nashville in May 2010.

Click here to see the article and project photos.