Case Study:



New Lenox, IL

Project Size


Equipment Installed

REC solar panels & SolarEdge inverters

Mounting Type

Ballasted Roof Mount

LightWave collaborated with fellow Amicus Solar Coop member StraightUp Solar to bring Automann a cost-effective and high performing solar system for their new state-of-the-art facility.

Automann is the ultimate source for quality truck parts. As a premier global distributor of aftermarket truck and trailer chassis components, Automann serves regional warehouse distributors and repair shops with more than 30,000 products ranging from air brake & wheel components to steering products – and just about everything in between.

In 2020 Automann completed the construction of a new 203,000 sq. ft. facility in New Lenox, Illinois. Class-A institutional-quality design & construction provided Automann the ability to offer better service to their midwestern heavy duty truck parts distributors, covering 14 midwestern states.

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As part of the state-of-the-art facility, Automann deployed a 500kW rooftop solar array. LightWave Solar teamed up with Illinois-based solar company, StraightUp Solar, to deliver a highly efficient and cost-effective solar project.

Consisting of 1,428 REC solar modules and four Solar Edge inverters, the system generates 633,055 kilowatt-hours annually which significantly reduces the facility’s energy costs. Equally important to Automann is the reduction of its electricity-related pollution. Each year, the system will reduce carbon dioxide emissions equal to taking 100 cars off the road or the carbon sequestered by 585 acres of forest.

Combining our companies’ strengths, LightWave proudly collaborated with fellow Amicus Solar Cooperative member StraightUp Solar to bring Automann a high performing solar system that meets their energy and sustainability goals.

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