About Us

LightWave Solar is an experienced provider of turnkey solar installations and solar O&M

In 2006, our founder, Steve Johnson, launched his solar company and quickly became the most trusted solar installer in the area. Steve worked diligently with the TVA and the State of Tennessee to create their first solar programs. Since then LightWave Solar has completed over 1,200 solar projects for businesses, municipalities, and homeowners. Chris Koczaja leads LightWave Solar as President & CEO since 2017.

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What Makes Us Different From Other Solar Companies.


Our portfolio includes 75MW of solar installations – that’s over 250,000 solar panels installed!


We are a founding member of the Amicus Solar Co-Op and Amicus O&M Co-op. This shows our commitment to delivering high value solar systems. Learn More Here.


We provide the full gambit of solar solutions & we specialize in getting the hard jobs done right including solar parking canopies!


We have 5 North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Solar PV Professionals on staff. That’s more than any other firm in the region!

Our NABCEP Certified Professionals.

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is the most respected certification organization for U.S. solar professionals. Here are our current NABCEP certified team members.

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JP Plumlee


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Karl Jaeger


Billy Jones


Matt Pelerossi


Joe Pizzini


Evan Fitzgerald


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Ayaz Khamisani


Josh Linder


Kelly Marett



Our Partnerships

We team up with these high quality, impact-driven solar companies to bring clients more value.

Our Awards

We achieved Solar Power World Magazine’s Top U.S. Solar Contractors Award in 2022! That makes 11 years in a row!

LightWave ranked #177 on a list of over 400 solar companies across the U.S. In addition, LightWave ranked #72 on the list of Top Solar EPCs and #56 on the list of Top Solar + Storage Installers.


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Join Our Team

We are always growing and looking for people who want to make solar energy accessible to more people. Take a look at our open positions or learn more about careers in solar energy.

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