LightWave Participates in Nashville Park(ing) Day

On Sept. 20, artists, activists and citizens of Nashville temporarily transformed metered parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces, as part of an annual global event called PARK(ing) Day.

More than 30 parking spots were transformed during this year’s event, including a space on Broadway occupied by a 9-hour urban farm sponsored by Nashville Foodscapes, Nashville Grown, the Urban Hydro Project and LightWave Solar. LightWave Solar provided power for Urban Hydro so they could demonstrate hydroponic plant products in their parking space.

PARK(ing) Day Nashville is coordinated by the Nashville Civic Design Center in conjunction with in kind support from Metro Public Works. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco.The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!


Solar Power World 250: Stories From The South

Tennessee Installer Shares Lessons Learned
It’s hard to say what the most important lesson learned is. I can say that being passionate about the solar industry is what has carried me through the rough spots. Also important is having faith that it’s the right thing to do and that it will work out if we don’t give up. But at the same time, you must be willing to accept the outcome after you’ve given it everything you have.

There’s an old Persian proverb, ‘Pray to God, but don’t stop hoeing.’

Having other team members that are motivated by our mission to build out as much solar as possible makes for a unified workplace; We’re all in it together. We’re earning a living and paying the bills, but having fun too.

Develop a team approach and trust each other to make the right decisions. And even when they turn out not to be right, learn from it, being forgiving and plow ahead. I’ve had to learn to let others do the things I used to do. Turns out, they are really good at it.

Education and training is also something we believe in, even when it takes time and money. Having a knowledgeable crew makes us all stronger.

Lastly, we value efficiency. We don’t want to waste resources, materials or time. Building an efficient solar project requires optimizing the site and design for job-specific conditions to get maximum energy production. We’re turning light into electricity – it’s what we do.

– Steve Johnson, President/Founder of LightWave Solar

Solar Power World Magazine Ranks LightWave #41 in Commercial Systems

Solar Power World, the industry’s leading source for technology, development and installation news, presented the 2013 Top 250 Solar Contractors list in September. The list ranks applicants according to influence in the residential, commercial and utility solar-installation markets.

“Whether it’s a global enterprise or a family-run business, the 250 companies on our list are chasing after the bright future of solar,” says Frank Andorka, editorial director at Solar Power World. “These contractors have worked hard to build an $11-billion industry, and this is the recognition they deserve.”

LightWave Solar is ranked ranked No. 41 for commercial systems and No. 96 overall in residential, commercial and utility. LightWave is honored to be a part of this elite list! View complete list here:

LightWave Introduces Solar On the Go

Use the sun’s power where and when you need it most: power outages, camping, tailgating, weddings, craft shows, events… LightWave’s new portable solar power bank was designed to perform. It charges quickly and can provide enough electricity for hours of lighting, refrigeration, fans, cell phone/laptop charging, entertainment systems, small power tools and more! At home or on the road, harness the sun’s power and let it work for you. Contact LightWave today at 615-641-4050 and ask us about our Solar On The Go power bank. You can even take advantage of the 30% Federal Tax Credit. LightWave customers will receive an additional 10% discount on the system!

Where We’ll Be in October 2013

Solar Investment Strategy Lunch & Learn in Huntsville, AL Oct 17

On Friday, Oct, LightWave Solar will 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 Investment Strategy Lunch & Learn
Thurs, Oct 17 11:30am – 1:30pm
Progress Bank
201 Williams Ave SW

Huntsville, AL 35801

Lunch will be provided. The workshop is free and open to the public!  Please RSVP to or 615-973-2303.