Stake Claim to TVA’s Solar Incentive Before End of the Year

TVA’s Green Power Providers is now available! However, there is a 2.5 megawatt cap for the rest of 2012.  Plus, TVA expects their solar premium to drop from 12 cents to 9 cents on January 1st, 2013. We’re encouraging anyone interested in installing solar within the next 6 months to contact us now in order to lock-in the 12 cent premium while it is still available.

What difference does 3 cents make?  The bigger the system, the bigger the impact.  Here are two examples:

1. An average sized residential system is 5 kilowatts and generates about 6,570 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year: 6,570 kWh x $.03 = $200/year. Over 10 years, that’s $2,000.
2. For businesses installing 50 kilowatts, that’s $2,000 per year or $20,000 over 10 years!

Here are program details to consider:

  • Green Power Providers will keep the $0.12 solar premium for projects with Participation Agreements executed by December 31, 2012.  However, TVA will stop accepting Participation Agreements on December 1, 2012 and resume acceptance in January.
  • Local distributors usually take 2-4 weeks to send project documents to TVA, so we encourage application submittals by November 1, 2012.  Some utilities can take even longer, so it is important to get started as soon as possible.

LightWave Solar facilitates the Green Power Providers application for our customers.  Contact us to get started. To visit the Green Power Providers website, please click here.

LightWave Solar Installs 400 kW for Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee

Atop their headquarters and warehouse facilities, solar PV furthers Goodwill’s mission of sustainability

May 4, 2012


Nashville, Tenn. The largest area installer of solar PV systems in Tennessee, LightWave Solar, recently completed two solar installations totaling 400 kilowatts at Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee in downtown Nashville.  The projects were 100 percent funded by the non-profit and are among the last systems under the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Generation Partners program for systems over 50 kW.

“The systems will generate over $100,000 per year for Goodwill,” says Steve Johnson, President of LightWave Solar.  “They have invested in equipment that will help them hedge against rising fuel costs over the next 30 to 40 years.”

At their distribution warehouse, 200 kW is expected to offset nearly 80 percent of the building’s electric use.  Another 200 kW on their headquarters will offset about 45 percent.  Each system incorporates 832 Canadian Solar 240-watt solar panels, two 95kW Solectrica Renewables inverters, and Solectrica’s SolrenView web-based monitoring to track production and environmental benefits in real-time.  Over the next 30 years, the systems will offset carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxide (NOX), and sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions that are equivalent to planting 2,400 acres of trees.

“We’re in the business of re-use,” says David Lifsey, CEO of Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee. “The items we sell might otherwise be destined for a landfill.  Making use of a resource like sunlight makes sense and fits right in with our mission.”

Goodwill is a not-for-profit corporation whose primary mission is to provide training and employment services to people who have disabilities or who otherwise have trouble finding and keeping a job.  They fund their operation through the sale of donated goods.

Their new solar systems are in addition to 60kW they installed last year.

“It is prudent to take advantage of the pollution-free, abundant and cost effective power of the sun,” says Lifsey.  Goodwill’s board of directors has shown good stewardship of Goodwill’s resources and the world’s resources by their forward thinking decisions to utilize solar generation as part of our overall energy usage.”

On March 29 and 30, 2012, the systems were grid-interconnected by Nashville Electric Service (NES) and TVA.

To learn more about this project, contact LightWave Solar at 615-641-4050 and  Monitoring data and project video are located here:

LightWave Solar Completes 1 MW Solar Tracking Array in Memphis

System is the largest single-axis tracking array in Tennessee, and boosts local economy 
April 23, 2012

Memphis, Tenn. The largest area installer of solar PV systems in Tennessee, LightWave Solar, recently completed the installation of 998.4 kW at Agricenter International in Memphis, Tennessee.  Project completion was celebrated at a Green Ribbon Cutting Ceremony following the 2012 Tennessee Valley Solar Solutions Conference in Memphis on April 11.  Notable participants included U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, Memphis Mayors Wharton and Luttrell, and project partners Silicon Ranch, LightWave Solar, and Sharp.

“The 1MW solar farm at Agricenter is a great example of the growth of Tennessee’s Solar Value Chain,” said Steve Johnson, President of LightWave Solar.  “We’re a Tennessee company, we hired other Tennessee companies to help build the project, and we utilized solar technology manufactured right here in the state.  This project is great for our economy.”

Residing on five acres, the system incorporates 4,160 Sharp 240-watt solar panels that were locally-manufactured in Memphis.  The panels are mounted on Array Technologies DuraTrack single-axis tracking platform, and follow the movement of the sun to increases solar electric production by 20%.  The largest single-axis tracking system in Tennessee, it will produce over 1,600,000 kilowatt-hours per year which is enough electricity to power at least 100 homes.  Over the next 25 years, the system will offset carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxide (NOX), and sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions that are equivalent to planting 6,600 acres of trees.

LightWave Solar began project construction on December 14, 2011.  On April 2, 2012, the system was commissioned and grid-interconnected by Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW) and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).  Other system components include a PV Powered MV-1040kW inverter and SPX Arguson Solar Power Monitoring.  Silicon Ranch provided the funding for the project and owns and maintains the system.

To learn more about this project, contact LightWave Solar at 615-641-4050 and Monitoring data and time lapse video are located here: