Three LWS Employees Earn Full NABCEP Certification

LightWave Solar has 11 NABCEP Certified ProfessionalsCongratulations to John Robinson, Matt Pelerossi and Daniel Hodge for earning their NABCEP PV Certifications!

Matt and Daniel earned the PV Installation Certification, and John earned the PV Technical Sales Certification. LightWave Solar now employs 11 full NABCEP certificate holders, more than any solar company in Tennessee.

NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) is the gold standard for third-party solar certification, and full certification means passing a rigorous exam and meeting quality training and experience requirements. We already knew John, Matt and Daniel were great assets to LightWave Solar, but now potential customers, colleagues and other solar professionals will know too.

Click here  to learn more about NABCEP Certification.
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TVA Threatens Solar Industry in the Valley

The graph below shows the amount of solar installed in TVA’s residential and small commercial solar program, Green Power Providers, since 2009. You can see that solar installs have been falling since 2012 and only 1.5 MW of solar was installed in the first half of this year!

TVA and Solar

Solar installations sky rocketed in 2011, and TVA began cutting back the program. The market withstood the drops in the incentive payments since solar costs were falling significantly as well. However, system size limits and program caps have resulted in a program that undercuts the solar market.

Long story short: The demand for solar is higher than TVA’s 10 MW cap, and the extremely low cap has nearly killed the region’s solar industry. Though capacity is set at 10 MW, it is highly unlikely that 10 MW will actually be built in 2014 due to TVA’s approval process. We estimate 5-6 MW of solar will be installed in 2014.

As solar continues to grow nationally, as peer utilities set much bigger solar goals, and with solar prices at their lowest, TVA should double or triple solar program capacity, or get rid of the stifling cap altogether. If you would like to help, you can email the TVA board members at board@tva.gov. Feel free to include the graph above and let them know you would like to see more solar installed in the Valley.

LightWave Solar on 2014 Top 400 U.S. Solar Contractors List

LightWave Solar on 2014 Top 400 Solar Contractor's List

Solar Power World magazine recently released their 2014 Top 400 Solar Contractors list which ranks companies based on megawatts of solar installed in 2013.

Despite TVA’s program closure last year, LightWave Solar ranked #160 overall and #75 on the Top 100 Commercial Solar Contractors list.

We are the first commercial-scale Tennessee installer on both lists!

Check out the full report 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!