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April 2016 Newsletter
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USDA Solar Grants Available, Apply now!
Small rural businesses, as well as agricultural producers in any area, are eligible for USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant that covers up to 25% of solar project costs.

LightWave Solar has helped over 60 customers get USDA REAP grants. Our approval track record is 97%!

Elam Farm, 2015 USDA Grantee

One such customer is Elam Farm in Morrison, Tennessee, a cattle farm 75 miles from Nashville. We installed two systems for David Elam one year ago, and we recently checked in with him to see how his solar has been working. Turns out each system, 12.5kW on the barn (grant eligible), and 10kW on his home, generated 5% more than we estimated. Elam's solar systems have reduced his annual electric costs by about 90%!  

Contact us for a preliminary estimate, and when you sign a contract, we will begin assembling your application. Application deadline is May 2, 2016, so get in touch with us now!
Solar Workshops this Spring
Solar for Small Business
Our workshops will cover everything business owners want to know about going solar. We will explain the financial benefits, including those for systems over 50kW, outside of TVA's program.

Commercial Solar Workshop in Clarksville
Wednesday, April 20 from 10:00am-11:30am
William O. Beach Civic Hall
350 Pageant Ln, Ste 201 in Clarksville, TN
LightWave Solar Workshop Sign up

Commercial Solar Workshop in Brentwood
Wednesday, May 25 from 10:00am-11:30am
The Meeting Room
201 Powell Place in Brentwood, TN
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Solar Spotlight: Mountain Group Partners
Mountain Group Partners
Two months ago we flipped the switch on a 29 kilowatt solar array atop the Mountain Group Partners office in Nashville. Mountain Group Partners (MGP) is an investor dedicated to investing in and actively guiding transformational businesses in the Life Sciences and Technology sectors. We caught up with MGP Principal Joe Cook, III to ask him about his experience with solar.

LWS: Why did you invest in solar at your office?
JC: We are interested in the green aspects of solar energy, and we were satisfied with the long-term economic return on investment.

LWS: You have a system on your home as well, so did that influence your decision?
JC: Yes, my residential system has performed well, so my partners and I took a close look at the numbers and decided to do it here at the business.

LWS: How was your experience working with LightWave Solar?
JC: I experienced professionalism from everyone I encountered, particularly with the installers and the sales person. Your company is exceptional, easy to work with, and diligent. The experience was everything you would hope for, but don't usually get.

LWS: What would you tell other business owners who are thinking about investing in solar?
JC: Everyone ought to look into it to see if it will work for them. And, it is more affordable than I had originally thought.
Mountain Group Partners solar panels
The system consists of 110 solar panels (27 shown above) and will generate over $5,000 annually (10 year average).
Where we've been installing...
Knoxville Solar by LightWave Solar
295kW in Knoxville with Solar Technician, Deanna Spears
Mississippi solar by LightWave Solar
3.9MW Tracking system in Houston, MS for Silicon Ranch
Nashville Solar panels by LightWave Solar
5kW in Nashville
Happy 9th Birthday to the Solar Panels at Street Dixon Rick Architecture
As LightWave Solar approaches the 10 year mark, we looked back at our first commercial customer, Street Dixon Rick Architecture.

Visit our blog to see how the system has worked for SDR for 9 years and counting!
Join us at an upcoming Community Event
Thurs, April 7 - TN Environmental Council's Green Tie Affair in Nashville
The Council's annual fundraiser, at Green Door Gourmet, includes silent & live auctions, great music, complimentary food & drinks, and the presentation of the 2016 Sustainable TN Award Winner. Proceeds support programs that are restoring, protecting and improving TN's environment. Register here!

Sat, April 23 - Nashville Earth Day Festival
Join us at the 15th Annual Nashville Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 11am-6pm at Centennial Park. We will be exhibiting! Festival will feature live music, green market, beer garden, and recycling & disposal drop-off opportunities. This event is great for kids too! We hope to see you there.

Tues, May 10 - 12 South Farmers Market
Get your local vegetables and stop by our booth to talk solar on Tues, May 10 from 3:30-6:30pm. 12 South Farmers Market is located at Sevier Park on Granny White Pike in Nashville.
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