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Photo of the Month: June 2014 

This year LightWave Solar expanded 15 existing solar PV systems to maximize both available roof space and TVA's incentive program. Photo: The new portion of this system, 39 solar panels, is in the background.  


Q1 2014 was 2nd Best Quarter for Installed Solar 



GTM Research/SEIA: U.S. Solar Market Insight Report recently released their Q1 2014 findings.  Key figures:

  • The U.S. installed 1,330 MW of solar PV in Q1 2014, up 79% over Q1 2013, making it the second-largest quarter for solar installations in the history of the market.
  • Cumulative operating PV capacity stood at 13,395 MW, with 482,000 individual systems on-line as of the end of Q1 2014. That's enough solar to power 3 million homes!
  • Growth was driven primarily by the utility solar market, which installed 873 MW in Q1 2014, up from 322 MW in Q1 2013.
  • Q1 2014 was the first time residential PV installations exceeded non-residential (commercial) installations nationally since 2002.
  • For the first time ever, more than 1/3 of residential PV installations came on-line without any state incentive in Q1 2014.
  • 74% of new electric generating capacity in the U.S. in Q1 2014 came from solar.
  • Report forecasts that PV installations will reach 6.6 GW in 2014, up 39% over 2013 and nearly double the market size in 2012.  
Click here for more info from report. 


June 21, 2014: Put Solar on It!


LightWave Solar will attend the Sierra Club's Put Solar On It! press event on Saturday, June 21st at Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee headquarters in Nashville.


The press conference will highlight the health, economic, and climate benefits of distributed solar.  Attend to show your support for solar!

Saturday, June 21
Press Conference: 10 AM - 10:15 AM
Social Networking and Refreshments: 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Patio in front of Goodwill Industries, 1015 Herman St, Nashville
Rain plan: Goodwill Career Solutions Center, 937 Herman St. 


Confirmed Press Conference Speakers:
Matthew Bourlakas, CEO Goodwill Industries of Middle TN
Steve Johnson, CEO LightWave Solar and VP TenneSEIA
Chris Lunghino, Organizing Representative Sierra Club

Matt Brown, Program Manager, Renewable Energy Solutions TVA  

Join LightWave Solar, Goodwill Industries, Sierra Club, TVA, community leaders, and interested citizens as we show support for solar energy in Tennessee. For more info click here.


Solar Workshop for Homeowners: July 19 in Murfreesboro

LightWave Solar will host a Solar Workshop for Homeowners on Saturday, July 19th. 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.  Attend to learn why more and more homeowners are going solar!


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 click here to register online! Or call 615-641-4050. 


Green Power Providers Still Available

Participating in TVA's Green Power Providers program means that TVA will buy 100% of solar electricity for 20 years, and TVA will pay a premium for years 1-10.  It is one of the best solar programs in the country, and the program is still open.

Contact us if you are interested in building a solar project in 2014!


USDA Solar Grant Deadline July 7


USDA Rural Development logoUSDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants cover up to 25% of the cost of a solar installation for agricultural producers and small rural businesses. The application deadline for the first round of funding is July 7, 2014!


Contact us for details, and let us get started with your solar project and grant application. We take care of grant paperwork!


You Offset 16 Tons (CO2) and What Do You Get?

"You load sixteen tons, what do you get..."

We're changing the song a little to see how many of our customers have offset at least 16 tons, or 32,000 pounds, of carbon dioxide with their solar PV system.  FYI, 16 tons of CO2 is the amount of carbon sequestered by about 12 acres of U.S. forests in one year.

To find our how much carbon you have offset since your system has been operating, try this:

1. Take your lifetime kilowatt-hours (from inverter face plate or via online monitoring) and divide by 1,000 to get megawatt-hours (MWh)
2. Take your MWh and multiply by 1,389 pounds of carbon dioxide (for TVA region). This gives you the total CO2 emissions offset for your system!
To see your environmental offset equivalents, you can visit and enter your C02 emissions.  There you can learn the equivalent of your offset in cars off the road, acres of trees planted, etc.  

Try it out and we could feature your system in our next newsletter!


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


Where We'll Be...

Solar Workshop for Homeowners
Sat, July 19 10am-12pm
Patterson Park Community Center
Murfreesboro, TN

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