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Brentwood homeowner shares her solar story

Solar powered home in Brentwood TN

Brentwood solar: Solar generation covers about half of this home’s electric use which includes a Tesla car.

When Allie & her husband built their home in Brentwood, Tennessee, two years ago, they had their children in mind, and in more ways than number of bedrooms and yard space. They wanted to live in an energy efficient and energy producing home, to safeguard their electric bills and to contribute to a healthier world.

“We’re young enough that we’ll have to explain to our kids what we did to address environmental problems,” Allie says. “I think if you have the budget to do solar, then it makes so much sense,” she says.

After incorporating spray foam insulation, casement windows, and a geothermal HVAC system into the home’s construction, their family decided to go solar. This past January, LightWave Solar installed a 10-kilowatt rooftop solar system. With a total of 34 solar panels, the system will reduce the home’s annual electric costs by about 50%. The home currently charges a Tesla car, and Allie plans to drive an all-electric vehicle in the near future.

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“As our consumption goes up, we want to add more solar and a battery system,” Allie says. “For now, we’re glad we got into this year’s TVA program since it’s going away next year,” she explains.

This year is the last opportunity for homeowners and business owners to apply for TVA’s Green Power Providers program to sell 100% of solar generation back to TVA. TVA has not announced their plans for a small scale solar program next year.

2019 is also the last year to claim the full 30% federal tax credit, as it steps down to 26% for projects installed in 2020.

“We’ve always wanted to have solar, so it was good timing with our new home to put it in before the incentives change again,” Allie says.

Like most solar system owners these days, the household can monitor their solar production via an app on their cell phone, and they see TVA’s solar credit on each monthly bill from their local utility, MTEMC.

“The system is working great, and LightWave did a fabulous job making the process comfortable and easy,” Allie says.

If you would like to learn more about this Brentwood solar project, and explore your options to go solar with us, complete our contact request form, and one of our project consultants will contact you.

LightWave provided excellent service from design through applications through installation. We are very happy with the performance of the system.
Michael Dennis
Michael Dennis
01:20 04 Aug 19
LightWave Solar, LLC installed a 10 kW Array for us and did an excellent job! They completed the Array installation on time and with in budget.
Brian Nothnagle
Brian Nothnagle
18:49 23 Jul 19
The staff was incredibly friendly and knowledgable. in addition to keeping the area clean , we are very happy with the work and the price.
Denis Savouray
Denis Savouray
13:11 30 Nov 18
Light Wave Solar is terrific. All their people were great to work with, knowledgeable and on- the- ball. They were everything i could have asked for and i couldn't be happier with the system they installed. So far it is working just as i hoped!
Jeanie Stephenson
Jeanie Stephenson
23:00 26 Nov 18
I needed LightWave's help after a wind storm caused a tree to fall on my house. The tree destroyed ten solar panels on my roof. LightWave's technicians visited me to assess the damage and plan repairs. LightWave's project manager took over from that point. After the design was complete and approved, the installation crew completed the job in a single day. Every LightWave representative was pleasant and professional. I would recommend them to anyone who needs their services.
Mike Wiedemer
Mike Wiedemer
18:41 25 Oct 18
The whole team at LightWave Solar did an all-around excellent job! They showed up on time as expected and communicated everything very clearly on what I can expect to see and happen. They were all very professional and courteous throughout the entire process. I am already seeing MUCH lower electric bills. Thanks again to everyone at LightWave Solar, I greatly appreciated your services.
Nick Mielnik
Nick Mielnik
18:41 22 Oct 18
The entire team at LightWave Solar went above and beyond to ensure that our solar install was done on time, on budget, and to our satisfaction. Professional in every way. I can't get over how seamlessly they have integrated everything to our 1960 built home. Very well done. An added bonus is their handling of the necessary licenses, myriad forms and paperwork and approvals from local power company and TVA. These guys deserve 10 stars!
Shawn Kries
Shawn Kries
18:12 16 May 18
Great service and solar products. Professional installation and technical support. Installation quality outstanding.
Dan Larsen
Dan Larsen
13:56 22 Feb 18
Very happy with our 50KW solar panel array commercial system. Lightwave was extremely easy to work with.
Mark Fournier
Mark Fournier
13:19 08 Feb 18
We installed a 10 KW solar panel array on the roof of our home this past fall. The process required coordination between us (the customer), the local electric company (Nashville Electric Service) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). While this may seem daunting, it turns out that apart from signing a few routine documents, the process requires little to no effort on the part of the customer: Lightwave Solar takes care of all the details. Their attention to those details was impressive, which meant the whole operation was smooth, professional and basically worry free. The physical installation itself is a marvel of craftsmanship and technology. Lightwave Solar fully earns their five star rating and I recommend them without reservation.
David James
David James
06:07 22 Jan 18
Expert system design and expert install. Couldn’t be happier. Installed grid-tied roof-mounted 30kw system on rural lodge. Very happy with results on electric bill.
Greg Gough
Greg Gough
02:27 20 Jan 18
My first month's savings was over $100. This is in spite of shorter fall days, cloudy days, and rain. The shortest day of the year is in late December. Its best performance will be in the spring and summer. I am very pleased with it.
Gerald Dooley
Gerald Dooley
18:26 27 Oct 17

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