LightWave Solar Insider
July 2017 Newsletter
Commercial Solar Spotlight: Five Star Retreat 
Five Star Retreat Solar
Solar Lodge
With 300 acres of Tennessee's beautiful rolling hills, a large lake, two scenic creeks, an 8,500 sq. ft. lodge, private cabins, and available catering, Five Star Retreat in Nunnelly, TN, hosts top-notch corporate and church retreats, family reunions and weddings.

Until this year, one of the few things the property lacked was a solar energy system to reduce operating costs and make the facility more eco-friendly. Even before opening Five Star Retreat in 2011, owner Greg Gough set his sights on adding solar to his business.

"I was interested in being off-the-grid or owning a large solar farm," says Gough. "Then I realized the most cost effective first step would be a rooftop system that generated electricity I sell back to the utility," he says.

Last month Gough received his first electric bill showing solar energy revenue. After just 16 days he earned $324! His 30 kilowatt system, which consists of 113 solar panels, generates about $3,800 annually.

"The solar system makes sense as a financial investment, especially given that the tax credit is still available," says Gough. "Also, we thought our guests would appreciate our effort to make the property greener," he adds.

Click here to finish the article and see more photos of Five Star Retreat.
Attend a Residential or Commercial Solar Workshop
Learn about adding solar to your home, including o ur $0 down loan that makes going solar much more affordable. 
Saturday, July 22 from 10:00am-11:30am in  Smyrna, TN
Solar panels at Automation Nth in LaVergne, TN
Automation Nth
Join us at Automation Nth, site of a 50kW solar system, and learn how commercial solar systems in TVA's 2017 Green Power Providers program can be cash flow positive in the first year with a solar loan.
Wednesday, August 2
10:00am-11:30am 
Automation Nth in  La Vergne, TN
Solar Tariffs in 2018?
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is reviewing a petition by two solar panel manufacturers that could result in substantial tariffs on solar panels made anywhere outside the U.S. The ITC has until Oct. 23 to decide whether the case has merit, and if so, the case will go to the President. The President will then have 60 days to make the final decision.

If President Trump allows the tariffs as requested, solar panel prices could revert to 2015 levels.

Solar panel makers, Suniva (headquartered in Georgia) and SolarWorld (Oregon), filed their petition under section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974, which allows the President to impose across-the-board tariffs if a petitioner can show "serious injury" to a domestic industry.

Due to the potential of a tariff next year, demand for panels is high across the country.

With the uncertainty, it might be wise to take a look at your solar project sooner rather than later. Contact us to discuss your project and get an estimate with 2017 solar panel pricing.
Meet us at a Community Event
LightWave Solar at East Nashville Farmers Market
Sat, July 29 - Richland Farmers Market
Pick up your local veggies and stop by the LightWave Solar booth to talk about the benefits of solar, including our $0 down solar loan for homeowners. Market is 9:00am-12:30pm in Richland Park on Charlotte Ave. Details here

Mon, August 21 - Solar Eclipse 
Don't miss it! In Nashville, the eclipse starts at noon. The total eclipse is at 1:27pm and lasts 2 minutes. Join  us at the  Solar Eclipse Celebration & Watch Party at Hadley Park in North Nashville
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