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  LightWave Solar Installation

We recently installed this 7 kilowatt (kW) system on a new home in Nashville. TVA's Green Power Providers program is at 50% capacity for systems under 10 kW. There is still time to get in the program! See details below. 


10 kW Ground-Mount Special


LightWave Solar is offering a 10 kilo-watt (kW) ground-mount package at a discounted price.  Discount is equivalent to receiving a racking system at 50% off! 


LightWave Solar Ground-Mount Array System Specs:
Capacity: 9.945 kW

Panels: Suniva 255-watt

Inverters: Power-one Aurora

Racking: Schletter

Estimated Generation:

13,140 kWh/year

Estimated Revenue:

Approx. $2,500/year 

  • Maximize TVA Green Power Providers (GPP) incentives with 10 kW. Nine cent premium is available for a limited time only. TVA GPP = approx. $2,500/year 
  • Increase Generation with optimal orientation, tilt & no shade!
  • 30% Federal Tax Credit 
  • TVA GPP Rebate = $1,000
  • Payback time is 10 years & system will generate clean electricity for over 25 years!
Click here to contact us if you are interesting in this system, or if you would like a free solar consultation.


U.S. Solar Market Grows 76 Percent in 2012   

The U.S. Solar Market Insight report for 2012, published bySEIA and GTM Research, reveals that it was a historic and busy year for the U.S. solar energy industry. Photovoltaic (PV) installations grew 76% over 2011, to total 3,313 megawatts (MW) in 2012. Each market segment (residential, non-residential, and utility) showed growth over 2011, while the overall markets in most states expanded as well. Installed prices for PV systems fell 27% during 2012 and at least 13% in each market segment. Nearly 83,000 homes installed solar PV, and cumulative PV installations in the U.S. surpassed 300,000.  

The good news doesn't end there!

  • Solar creates jobs: Every second of the work day, more than 2 solar panels are installed by a solar worker on American soil. Today, solar employs 119,000 workers in the U.S.
  • Solar powers homes: There is now more than 7.7 gigawatts of cumulative solar electric capacity installed in the U.S., enough to power more than 1.2 million American households.
  • Solar drives our economy:  In 2012, new U.S. solar installations were valued at $11.5 billion - more than double the $5.5 billion value of installations in 2010.
  • Tennessee ranked 13th in the nation in residential solar capacity installed (3 MW). TN Ranked 19th in 2011 with 1.4 MW.
  • Tennessee ranked 14th in the nation in total solar capacity installed (26.9 MW). TN Ranked 16th in 2011 with 18 MW.


LightWave Earns Silver Certification in Mayor Karl Dean's Green Workplace Challenge 

The Green Workplace Challenge encourages organizations to reduce the environmental impacts of their operations and buildings by engaging property owners, managers, and office tenants. LightWave Solar took the challenge and is now being recognized for moving Nashville towards a greener future.
LightWave Solar received silver recognition. The judging was based on the following categories:
  • Energy & Water
  • Waste & Consumption
  • Transportation
  • Environmental Community Support

You can click here to read more about the Mayor's Workplace Challenge. 


Update: TVA Green Power Providers at 70% Capacity   

TVA GPP Gauge  

On January 1, TVA opened the Green Power Providers (GPP) program for 2013, and they are currently approving applications. Under GPP, TVA will buy solar PV generation at 9 cents/kilowatt-hour above the current rate (about 10 cents/kWh). This totals about 19 cents per kWh - nearly double the retail rate! 

TVA has implemented a program capacity limit of 7.5 megawatts (MW) for 2013. Currently, TVA has approved applications for over 5 MW, about 70% of total capacity.  For residential-sized systems (under 10 kW), program capacity is at 50%.

If you or anyone you know is interested in installing solar, now is the time to get your TVA application submitted. To get started, contact LightWave Solar. We will provide a free solar consultation to help you decide if solar is right for you. Then, we help coordinate the GPP application, and help secure your approval.


TVA GPP Capacity
TVA program dashboard is updated every Friday. Click here to visit TVA website.



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Where We'll Be...

DOE Sunshot Initiative's TN Solar Summit

April 10-11

Sheraton Read House

Chattanooga, TN

More info here 


ETSU Earth Month: Kilowatt Ours movie & Renewable Energy Discussion 

Mon, April 15 7pm

Culp Center, Forum Room

Johnson City, TN

More info here


Nashville Earth Day Festival

Sat, April 20 11am-7pm
Centennial Park

Nashville, TN
More info here   


ETSU Earth Day Festival
Mon, April 22 10am-2pm

ETSU Borchuck Plaza 
Johnson City, TN 

More info here


Kilowatt Ours Energy Saving Workshop

Sat, April 27 10:30am-12pm

Inglewood Public Library

Nashville, TN

More info here  


Kilowatt Ours Energy Saving Workshop

Tues, April 30 6-7:30pm

South Inglewood Community Center 

Nashville, TN

More info here

Solar 101 Workshop
Saturday, May 4 10am-12pm
Best Western Mountain Lodge
Banner Elk, NC

More info here  


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Preferred Partners


Precision Air

Precision Air

 is a full service heating, cooling and indoor air quality provider with over 18 years of geothermal experience.
LWS customers receive $250 off HVAC systems. 




Founded in 2008, E3 Innovate is an integrated home performance company that creates healthier, more comfortable, more energy efficient, and more sustainable homes. LWS customers receive $150 off Home Energy Consults.  



Since 1994, Wilmot Inc. offers consulting services for LEED and green building, education and training, green business strategy, and waste prevention and recycling. LWS customers receive 1% off sustainability services.


Green Village Recyling provides single-stream, curbside recycling services for businesses across Middle TN and for residents in the Hendersonville area. GVR offers a 10% discount to all LightWave commercial customers.


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