TVA Solar Program Update

TVAThere is still time to get in the 2014 TVA Green Power Providers program which allows 4 MW of residential solar projects and 6 MW of commercial solar projects.

As of June 9th, 120 kW of residential capacity is still available. TVA will maintain a 30% wait list as projects in the reserved capacity drop out. For commercial projects, 100% of capacity is already reserved, but a portion of the wait list is still available. Get on the waitlist today! Once 30% wait lists are full, the program will close for the rest of the year.

TVA is no longer accepting applications under 2014’s Solar Solutions Initiative for projects 50kW-1MW. Program is 100% reserved, and we expect it to reopen in 2015.

Contact us today if you are interested in building a solar project in 2014! Time and program capacity is limited!

USDA Now Accepting Applications for Solar Grants

USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant for agricultural producers and small rural businesses covers up to 25% of the cost of a solar installation. Applications are due July 7, 2014!

“We anticipate funding levels under REAP for 2014 to be at or higher than last year, so applications have a stronger chance of receiving awards than previous years,” says Will Dodson, Energy Director at USDA, Rural Development in Tennessee.
Contact us for details, and let us get started with your solar project and grant application. We take care of grant paperwork!

Solar Lunch & Learns for Farmers and Rural Businesses

LightWave Solar will host two events to explain the benefits of adding solar photovoltaics (PV) to farms and rural businesses. The presentations will cover the basics of solar energy including system components, costs, and a breakdown of the available incentives, including TVA’s solar buyback program, which still has limited capacity for 2014, and the USDA REAP grant which covers up to 25% of system cost. The USDA is now accepting grant applications, and USDA Rural Development representatives will be present. The events are free, and lunch will be provided!

Friday, April 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
UT Experiment Station
605 Airways Blvd
Jackson, TN 38301

Wednesday, April 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Art Center of Cannon County
1424 John Bragg Hwy
Woodbury, TN 37190

Events are free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided! Please RSVP to Grace Robertson at 615-641-4050 x104 or

Memphis Civic Solar

bioworksMemphis Bioworks is launching Memphis Civic Solar, a project for the City of Memphis that will install 1.5 Megawatts of solar energy spread across 30 different municipal buildings in neighborhoods throughout Memphis. When completed, Civic Solar will be one of the largest municipal solar projects in the nation, positioning Memphis as a national leader in sustainability and creating positive and measurable environmental, economic and social benefits for the citizens of Memphis.

Donations for this project are to Memphis Bioworks, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, to raise a small percentage of project funds – a little more than 1% of the overall budget – as seed capital to launch the project. After our initial seed capital is raised, the overall project will become self-funding and sustainable and will not utilize any taxpayer money.

To learn more and to help support Memphis Civic Solar with a donation of time or funding, please visit

Sunshine at Warner Park Nature Center! Join us on April 12

LightWave Solar recently installed solar panels at the Warner Park Nature Center. On Saturday, April 12, we will be there to explain how solar works in Tennessee and give a tour of the new system. Please call the Nature Center at 615-352-6299 to let them know you plan on attending.

Sunshine at Warner Park Nature Center
Sat, April 12th 10-11:30am
7311 Highway 100
Nashville, TN 37221

Click here for Warner Park Nature Center’s Spring Program schedule.


Bid on Solar at Green Tie Affair on April 25

Interested in getting a solar system at a discounted price?  Want to help support the important efforts of the Tennessee Environmental Council?

You will have the chance to bid on solar at the Council’s live auction at their annual Green Tie Affair on Fri, April 25 from 7-11pm at University Club of Nashville. The installed 3 kilowatt solar PV system is valued at $18,000. Bidding will start at $13,500.  What’s included:

•12 250-watt solar panels
•One 3000-watt inverter
•Roof-mounted racking system
•All other required equipment and labor

System will generate about 4,000 kWh per year which amounts to about $550 per year through TVA’s Green Power Providers program. The 30% Federal Tax Credit will further reduce the cost, and TVA will pay $1,000 after system completion.

If you are interested in attending Green Tie Affair and bidding on the system, please contact us so we can determine the suitability of your site.  LightWave Solar will also be available at Green Tie Affair to provide site consultations via satellite.  Click here to register to attend Green Tie!