June 2019 Newsletter
Brentwood homeowner shares her solar story
LightWave Solar installs residential solar in Brentwood TN
When Allie & her husband built their home in Brentwood, Tennessee, two years ago, they had their children in mind, and in more ways than number of bedrooms and yard space. They wanted to live in an energy efficient and energy producing home, to safeguard their electric bills and to contribute to a healthier world.

“We’re young enough that we’ll have to explain to our kids what we did to address environmental problems,” Allie says. “I think if you have the budget to do solar, then it makes so much sense,” she says.

After incorporating spray foam insulation, casement windows, and a geothermal HVAC system into the home’s construction, their family decided to go solar. This past January, LightWave Solar installed a 10-kilowatt rooftop solar system. With a total of 34 solar panels, the system will reduce the home’s annual electric costs by about 50%. The home currently charges a Tesla car, and Allie plans to drive an all-electric vehicle in the near future.
“As our consumption goes up, we want to add more solar and a battery system,” Allie says. “For now, we’re glad we got into this year’s TVA program since it’s going away next year,” she explains.

This year is the last opportunity for homeowners and business owners to apply for TVA’s Green Power Providers program to sell 100% of solar generation back to TVA. TVA has not announced their plans for a small scale solar program next year.

2019 is also the last year to claim the full 30% federal tax credit, as it steps down to 26% for projects installed in 2020.

“We’ve always wanted to have solar, so it was good timing with our new home to put it in before the incentives change again,” Allie says. 

Like most solar system owners these days, the household can monitor their solar production via an app on their cell phone, and they see TVA’s solar credit on each monthly bill from their local utility, MTEMC.

“The system is working great, and LightWave did a fabulous job making the process comfortable and easy,” Allie says.

If you are ready to explore your options to go solar with us, reply to this email with your name, phone number and project address, and one of our project consultants will contact you.
Dec 31 deadline for applications into TVA's Green Power Providers program
TVA logo
As you might have heard, 2019 is the last year to apply into TVA's Green Power Providers (GPP) solar program. GPP is the only viable way to sell 100% of your solar generation back to the utility. TVA has not announced their 2020 solar program.

Current GPP participants' 20-year agreements will not be affected. However, if you are a current GPP program participant and you want to expand your existing system, 2019 is the last year to apply for an expansion.

Contact us to discuss your project - whether it's a new solar system or an expansion of your current solar system!
2019 is the last year for maximum solar tax credit
30 percent solar tax credit ends in 2019
Currently, the federal tax credit for solar projects is equal to 30% of total project costs. Next year, the tax credit will step down to 26%. With this change, we anticipate a busy installation calendar, so let's get started on your project now.

If you would like to build a project and claim the full 30% tax credit, let us know! Reply to this email, or complete our contact form if your project is brand new.
Commercial Solar Workshop + System Tour on June 28
This month we'll be in Southaven, Mississippi, at Southaven Chamber of Commerce for our Commercial Solar Workshop + Tour.
Solar panels at Southaven Mississippi Chamber of Commerce
Last summer we installed a solar system at the Southaven Chamber of Commerce. Meet us there to see how commercial solar energy systems work and dig into the costs, financial incentives, and community benefits!

We will provide a tour of the system components installed at Southaven Chamber as well as highlight the new 113kW system installed at nearby directFX. directFX Partner Chris Warner will attend and discuss his experience going solar.

Commercial Solar Workshop + Tour
Friday, June 28 10am-11:30am
Southaven Chamber of Commerce
Under construction: 619kW of Solar Parking Canopies for Blue Cross Blue Shield in Chattanooga, TN
LightWave Solar building solar parking canopies for BCBS of TN
LightWave Solar building solar parking canopies for BCBS of TN
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