April 2020 Newsletter
Solar Spotlight: Resiliency with solar + Tesla Powerwall in Nashville, TN
LightWave Solar at home in Nashville TN
Last summer LightWave installed the first solar + Tesla Powerwall battery system in Nashville for the Gilbert residence. The system reduces their reliance on the grid every day, and it powered about 75% of the home's electricity use in March.

The system also provides power during grid outages. Before last month, the Gilberts experienced few power outages. However, the most recent outage lasted 2 days due to damage caused by the tornado on March 3.

"My neighbor took a direct hit, and the home was devastated," Brian says. "My house was basically untouched, fortunately," he says. "Until grid power was restored, my neighbors came to our house to charge their phones and other devices," Brian explains.
Tesla Powerwall system for home in Nashville
His home features a 10-kilowatt solar system and two Tesla Powerwall batteries. During a grid outage, the Powerwalls automatically take over, and the lights barely flicker. Though Brian needed to monitor his energy consumption and battery charge status, that was easy to do on Tesla's mobile app.

"I realized we needed to store more power to keep us running overnight, so I adjusted my battery settings to store up to 20%," he explains.

When the grid is on, they don't have to closely monitor the battery level or their energy consumption, though sometimes Brian chooses to anyway, just for fun.

"We have changed some of our energy habits to optimize the system," he says. "For example, our electric car is the largest load, so we try to charge it when the sun is out, if possible," he says.

As the days get longer and the sun gets higher, solar production will increase, though the air conditioner will work harder, too. The Gilberts expect their home's self-power performance to remain around 75%. And, if there is another power outage, the Gilberts will stay cool. Their HVAC system is backed up using a soft starter which greatly reduces startup current and allows the Powerwall battery to cover the AC load in an outage.

"I am really happy with my solar and battery system," Brian says. "I am grateful that it was active after the tornado so we could help out our neighbors," he adds.
Contact LightWave Solar about supplying your home with cleaner electricity every day and during power outages!
Earth Month Special: Get $500 off the cost of your solar + battery system
In honor of Earth Month, LightWave is offering $500 off the cost of a solar + battery system if you sign up with us by April 30!

April 2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. Though Earth Day events have been cancelled due to COVID-19, you can celebrate Earth Day by going solar in April!

Our $500 rebate is for new contracts only. Reply to this email to move ahead with your solar project and save $500.
LWS Project Consultants are still here to help you
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In response to COVID-19, our solar project consultants have moved to a remote solar site assessment process. Using online tools, we can work with you to create a free custom proposal.

Your proposal will include a rendering of solar panels on your property, an overview of components and warranties, expected performance and more. We will provide our turnkey installation cost and show savings from the current 26% Federal Tax Credit.

The 26% tax credit is available for solar systems installed this year. Next year the tax credit drops to 22%. Our installation calendar is booked through July, so now is a great time to get your proposal underway.

You can reply to this email, reach us at 615-641-4050, or submit your solar consultation request here.
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