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Video of the Month: March 2012   

Click here to see a video about how LightWave Solar is powering Food City in Piney Flats, Tennessee. 


LightWave Solar Adds Memphis Office 

Announcement tracks with Agricenter's new solar installation, the largest of its kind in Tennessee



LightWave Solar is expanding its offices to Memphis. This announcement comes as the company's largest installation to date is scheduled to finish by the end of March at Agricenter International in Memphis.


"The 1MW solar farm at Agricenter has really kicked off our expansion into Memphis," said Steve Johnson, President of LightWave Solar. "We've always wanted to have a larger presence there, especially since that part of the state receives the most solar resource and makes for an even more attractive investment."


LightWave Solar has chosen Peter Calandruccio to head the Memphis office. An architect with a passion for green building and solar energy, Calandruccio will serve as Solar Consultant in the West Tennessee area and spearhead the growth of solar in Memphis.


"The Agricenter project should spur more installations in and around Memphis," said Calandruccio. "It's long overdue, and I'm excited to be a part of the growth."


Immediately following the 2012 Tennessee Valley Solar Solutions Conference in Memphis on April 11, LightWave Solar will help lead tours of the solar array at Agricenter with a reception to follow.  Tours begin at 12:45, and the Green Ribbon Cutting Event begins at 1:30.  The project is the largest single-axis tracking system in Tennessee which means it will track the movement of the sun to get up to 20% more solar production.


Bid on LightWave Solar System   


LightWave Solar will install a 2.40 kW solar PV system to benefit the Tennessee Environmental Council. The system will be part of the live auction at the annual Green Tie Affair on Sat, March 24 from 7-11pm at Marathon Music Works. 


Bidders have the chance to buy a completely installed solar PV system at a discounted price and support a worthy cause.


The installed 2.40 kW solar PV system is valued at $14,400. Bidding starts at $10,000. Click here to learn more. 


Happy 5th Birthday to the Solar Panels at Street Dixon Rick Architecture  


Standing in front of the bright red awning that graces the front door at Street Dixon Rick Architecture, one can't even see the solar panels that have silently and boldly produced electricity for the firm for the past five years.


And that's the beauty of them. You can hardly see them, and they work quietly with virtually no maintenance at all. After five summers, five winters and every type of weather in between, they just keep working away. The Tennessee-based architecture firm has powered computers, printers, heating and cooling for the past five years with a significant boost of energy generated from the sun and channeled through the array of 72 solar panels first "fired up" in 2007.


Over the last five years, the system has produced 74,723 kilowatt-hours of clean electricity, and the savings amount to approximately $15,700. Street Dixon Rick Architecture receives a premium of 12 cents on top of the current base rate under TVA's Generation Partners program.


"On sunny weekends, it's clear that the panels we installed are providing energy back to NES," said Steve Rick, AIA, LEED AP, Firm Principal with Street Dixon Rick Architecture, PLC. He points to the meters at the back of the building, where one meter reports energy generated rather than energy consumed.


Street Dixon Rick Architecture was the first in the state to participate as a commercial partner in the Tennessee Clean Energy Technology grant program and the first to provide energy back to NES through the Generation Partners program.


"As one of our first customers, Street Dixon Rick is a solar pioneer," said Steve Johnson, President of LightWave Solar. "They chose to install panels before most others in the state. We owe a big part of our success to folks like them."  


Was it worth the investment? Rick says, yes. "We have had a number of visitors curious about the way the system works - from fourth graders to engineering students. Home owners and business owners have dropped by during the Solar Tours sponsored by LightWave Solar. It's been a great investment."


There's no doubt that the commitment has inspired employees as well. Architect Carly Wansing, who joined the firm six years ago, and her husband, Ed, installed solar panels at their home and were featured on the cover of the national magazine, Solar Today. Street Dixon Rick Architecture has been awarded two Green Star Awards from the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Carly and Ed Wansing also received a Green Star Award for their individual commitment.


But they didn't install the panels for the accolades. They installed them to inspire others and provide a first-hand accounting to clients potentially considering them for their own buildings, whether commercial or residential.


Street Dixon Rick has designed a total of six LEED certified buildings, all on college campuses - five at Vanderbilt University and one at Juniata College in Pennsylvania.


So, Happy Birthday Street Dixon Rick Architecture Solar Panels -- and keep on providing green energy to the grid on the sunny days to come.

LightWave Insider is a monthly online newsletter from LightWave Solar bringing you news and information about the solar industry.  

Where We'll Be...

Nashville Lawn & Garden Show

March 1-4

State Fairgrounds

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Living Well Sustainable Marketplace

March 10  Noon-6pm

Factory at Franklin

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CSI Show and Seminar

March 13
Agricenter International

"Solar PV Update and Overview" with Agricenter Case Study
(1 CEU for attendees)
More info here  


TN Environmental Conference
March 13-14
Meadowview Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport, TN
More info here  


TEC Green Tie Affair

March 24 7-11pm

Marathon Music Works

More info here 


Lipscomb Sustainability Summit

March 27-28

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TN Solar Solutions Conference

April 10-11

Memphis Convention Center 

More info here 


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