Aug/Sept 2020 Newsletter
Solar Spotlight: Turnip Truck's new Charlotte Ave store is solarized
This spring West Nashville welcomed Turnip Truck to the neighborhood. The locally owned full-service natural grocer opened its third store on Charlotte Avenue, just as COVID-19 was hitting and on the heels of a tornado which destroyed much of the store's new equipment.
"Against all odds, we opened one day earlier than originally planned," says Turnip Truck CFO Adam Williams. "More than ever, we are committed to keeping our shelves stocked with local, natural and organic foods that our customers love," Adam says.

Turnip Truck opened their first store in East Nashville in 2001 and their second store in the Gulch in 2010. Founder John Dyke and the team had always wanted to add solar to their business, and they decided to make it happen with the new project.
"We made sure to include solar in the budget for the Charlotte store," Adam says. "In fact, to get the SBA 504 loan we wanted, our solar system had to reduce our energy use by at least 15%," he explains.
LightWave Solar at Turnip Truck
With limited roof space, that was easier said than done, but LightWave Solar worked closely with Turnip Truck to accomplish the 15% goal. The system has 214 high efficiency solar panels strategically placed to avoid shading from walls and equipment. LightWave even secured solar panels to the barrel vault roof!
Turnip Truck expects to see electric bill savings of about $5,000-6,000 annually. However, the environmental benefits are equally important to the owner, staff and Turnip Truck customers.

"Solar energy fits in with our mission of keeping environmental impact in mind with our decision-making," Adam says. "Clean and local food have a lot in common with clean and local energy in terms of cleaner water and soil and healthier people," he adds.
Turnip Truck Solar
With more than 100,000 kilowatt-hours of solar generation per year, Turnip Truck will reduce its carbon dioxide emissions equal to planting 64 acres of forest.

Turnip Truck is considering solar energy for their East Nashville location as well, though rooftop solar panels would have to share real estate with the store's rooftop beehives! Other mounting options include solar parking canopies and solar awnings which would provide much needed shade for customers.
"It was great working with LightWave to complete our first system, especially after consulting with them for many years," Adam says. "We're really happy to see our solar generation online and be able to track its performance," he adds.

To learn more about the stores and find locations, visit Turnip Truck's website here.
Solar Grants for small, rural businesses - applications due Nov 1
USDA REAP Grants for Solar
Do you own a small business? Is your business located in a rural area? If so, you likely qualify for the USDA grant for solar projects! Grants are equal to 25% of solar project costs up to $20,000.

Next application round is November 1, 2020, and LightWave assembles and submits your grant application to make it easy for you. Plus, our grant approval record is 98%!
If you answered 'yes' to the questions above, and you are intersted in building a solar project, please get in touch with our grant expert to verify your grant eligibility.
Tennessee Valley Solar Conference - virtually starts on Oct 7
TenneSEIA hosts the TN Valley Solar conference with the main event scheduled for 9am on October 7 - virtually. Attendees will hear from TVA representatives and local power companies leaders such as Middle Tennessee Electric, Knoxville Utilities Board, and Sequachee Valley Electric, on opportunities to expand low-cost solar energy and storage.
Monthly webinars will compliment the virtual conference and provide key insights into the TN Valley solar market. View the conference agenda here:

Click the video link below to hear from solar pros at last year's conference, including an interview with LightWave Solar President/TenneSEIA President, Chris Koczaja.
LG Solar Case Study on Memphis, TN project
LightWave customer, Barry Yoakum, principal architect of archimania, is featured in LG's latest solar and energy storage case study.
Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Memphis, the Yoakum residence aims to be one of the first homes in America to be certified Zero Energy, Zero Emissions, and Reveal (AIA 2030 Challenge), as well as attaining LEED-Platinum certification by the US Green Building Council.

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