Gallatin Mini Storage Maximizes TVA Solar Program
This summer Gallatin Mini Storage installed not one solar system, not two, not three, but FOUR solar systems at their storage facilities in Gallatin, Tennessee. The systems total 87 kilowatts and 332 solar panels.
Gallatin Mini Storage installed as many solar panels as allowed under TVA’s solar program guidelines which limits solar system size to 50 kilowatts per address and limits system size to a meter’s electric consumption. TVA does not allow solar systems to generate more electricity than what is used on site, based on the last 12 months of electric bills.
Gallatin Mini Storage is a family owned and operated self storage facility started started in 1979 when the concept of self storage was in its infancy, especially in Gallatin. Since that time the company has expanded and evolved into a one-stop shop for the self-mover providing storage, moving supplies, and truck rentals.
Owner Phillip Bennett recently discussed why he decided to invest in solar:
First, we have a large amount of roof top square footage that is ideal for solar panels. Second, we have many storage units that are climate controlled requiring electricity for heating and air conditioning. Third, solar power makes sense! As TVA maintains its renewable energy program, Green Power Providers, it makes investing in solar feasible for small businesses that want to help in becoming environmentally friendly.
We asked about his experience working with LightWave Solar:
We looked into solar a few years ago, and it did not work out. When the topic of solar came up again, we were a little discouraged until we met with the LightWave team. From the initial meeting until the solar arrays were turned on, the entire process was streamlined and organized. Putting a solar array on your property, participating in the Green Power Providers program, and applying for the USDA grant involves many steps. Through clear and timely communication of LightWave’s team, it made all these steps smooth. The install of the solar array was clean, concise and done with professionalism.
Phillips was also keen on the available tax benefits for solar system owners, including the recently extended 30% federal tax credit and MACRS accelerated depreciation. Together, these tax incentives reduce commercial solar project costs by about 60%. Contact LightWave Solar for more information.