March 2018 Newsletter
IR-G Invests in Solar & Energy Efficiency to Boost Operations 
IR-G, a leading distributor of industrial and hydraulic hoses, gaskets, sheet material, and sealing products, recently invested in solar panels to generate clean and renewable electricity at their Nashville, Tennessee, headquarters. LightWave Solar installed 151 rooftop solar panels totaling 50 kilowatts. The solar system will save the IR-G more than $7,000 annually, covering over 50 percent of their on-site electric use.

In 2016 IR-G moved to a facility that was twice the size of their former location. Before adding solar, they made several energy efficiency improvements such as LED and motion detection lighting and HVAC upgrades.

“We made these energy investments because we are a forward-thinking company,” says IR-G President Mark Fournier. “We can use the solar and efficiency savings to invest back into our employees,” he says.

To facilitate the projects, IR-G obtained 100 percent financing through Pathway Lending, a Tennessee lender who offers 2 percent interest loans for businesses doing solar energy and energy efficiency projects.

In addition to electric bill savings, IR-G’s solar system will reduce significant amounts of air pollution and carbon emissions. Over 25 years the avoided carbon emissions will be the equivalent to planting 1,200 acres of trees.

“Our industry is carbon intensive and involves plastics, rubber and other materials that can take a toll on the environment,” says Fournier. “Energy upgrades help us reduce our footprint and operate a better business,” he says.

IR-G can track solar generation on their monthly electric bills as well as through their online solar monitoring site. The website shows how much solar energy the system has generated, how much money has been saved and the environmental benefits.
USDA REAP Grants for Solar
Now is the time to apply for your USDA solar grant! It covers up to 25% of solar project costs.
USDA Solar grant
If you own a business in a rural area, or if you operate a farm in any area, you are most likely eligible to apply for the 25% USDA grant for your solar project. Use this online map tool to determine your rural eligibility

LightWave Solar handles the application paperwork for you, and our applications have a 95% approval record!

Reply to this email if you are interested in applying this Spring. We expect the grant application deadline to be in April, so get in touch with us as soon as possible.
Community Solar Groundbreaking in Nashville
NES Music City Solar
On March 5 Nashville Electric Service (NES) and LightWave Solar broke ground on Nashville's first community solar project. It will be the largest solar system in Nashville.

The 2MW Music City Solar project will consist of 17,020 solar panels. NES customers can invest in one or more panels to see a solar credit on their monthly electric bills.
Why participate?
  • The program is an easy and affordable way to participate in a solar energy project.
  • It works for anyone including renters, condo owners and those with homes not suitable for a rooftop or ground-mount installation.
  • Participants will receive a credit on their monthly electric bills through year 2038 for the solar electricity generated.
  • Help Nashville strive to become “the greenest city in the Southeast!"

TVA taking public comments
Do you want TVA to make more investments in clean and renewable solar energy, like its peer utilities? Do you want energy efficiency to be a major component of reducing consumption?

Right now, TVA is requesting the public's input on how to meet the region's energy demands. Here is your chance to let TVA know how you see the future of electricity. A quick comment is better than no comment at all!

You can email or complete the online comment form at
Open Positions: Electrician and Solar Installer
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LightWave Solar is hiring! We are looking for candidates for an Electrician and Solar Installer positions.

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