LightWave Solar Installing Largest Solar PV-EV Parking System in TN

Experienced engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm LightWave Solar continues to help lead Middle Tennessee towards a cleaner future with the installation of two new solar photovoltaic (PV) parking canopies at City Square Shopping Center in Hendersonville, located about 20 miles north of Nashville. The highly visible solar canopies are designed to power the shopping center’s 10 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. At 47.5 kilowatts, the solar parking system will be the largest in Tennessee. Construction began this month.

“The solar canopies will demonstrate their inherent benefits including shade, shelter, and clean, renewable electricity for EVs and the local power grid,” says City Square Shopping Center owner, Greg Smith, who has as many or more public EV charging stations than any site in Tennessee.  “When our shoppers’ and tenants’ EVs are powered by solar, they will have an even smaller carbon and pollutant footprint since the fuel used to charge the vehicles will be sunlight.”

Read full press release here

Solar Workshop for Homeowners on August 16

LightWave Solar will host a Solar Workshop for Homeowners on Saturday, August 16th at the Green Village Sustainability Center in Hendersonville. The workshop will explain the process of installing solar at your home. We will cover the basics: How solar works, solar equipment and costs, roof and shade requirements, and an overview of available tax and utility incentives.

Solar Workshop for Homeowners
Saturday, August 16th 10am-12pm
Green Village Sustainability Center
173 Center Point Road S.
Hendersonville, TN 37075

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Please register here or call 615-641-4050 x104.

Solar Workshop for Homeowners on July 19

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LightWave Solar will host a Solar Workshop for Homeowners on Saturday, July 19th in Murfreesboro. The workshop will explain the process of installing solar at your home. We will cover the basics: How solar works, solar equipment, roof and shade requirements, and an overview of available tax and utility incentives.

Solar Workshop for Homeowners
Saturday, July 19th 10am-12pm
Patterson Park Community Center
521 Mercury Blvd 
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Please register here or call 615-641-4050 x104.

Solar Workshop for Homeowners on June 7

LightWave Solar will host a Solar Workshop for Homeowners on Sat, June 7th. The workshop will explain the process of installing solar at your home. LightWave Solar will cover the basics: How solar works, solar equipment, roof and shade requirements, cost and incentives, and the reasons why more and more Middle Tennessee homeowners are installing solar!

Saturday, June 7th 10am-12pm
Nolensville Town Hall
7218 Nolensville Road
Nolensville, TN 37135

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Grace Robertson at 615-641-4050 x104 or grobertson@lightwavesolar.com.

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 grobertson@lightwavesolar.com.