In fall 2018, LightWave Solar commissioned several solar electric systems for the benefit of Hickman County in Tennessee, totaling 180 kilowatts across four sites. We installed 515 solar panels, 11 inverters and online monitoring that tracks the generation of all four systems.
Hickman County Detention Center
Like many counties, cities and universities across the country, Hickman County entered into an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to install building improvements, such as new lighting technology, water-conserving fixtures, heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades and solar panels, without tapping the county’s capital budget. The energy savings and other improvements pay for the upgrades over time. NORESCO, a national leader in energy efficiency and energy infrastructure solutions, worked directly with Hickman County to provide energy audits, design, construction and a funding guarantee of the project structured through the energy savings performance contract.
Brian Stone, Senior Account Executive, NORESCO, said, “Our energy savings project with Hickman County provides an innovative mix of renewable energy assets and traditional building improvements to help the county optimize energy and water savings and fiscal stewardship.”
In terms of the solar savings alone, Hickman County can expect to see about $20,000 in annual savings over the next three decades, and even more as rates increase. The rooftop solar systems are connected to the Hickman County Justice Center, Detention Center, Administration Building and Emergency Operations Office.
Solar inverters at Hickman County Justice Center
To make the solar project as cost effective as possible, LightWave Solar scoped out more than a dozen potential sites to find the most suitable locations. We also designed all four systems to use the same kinds of inverters (pictured above), 15kW and 12kW Fronius, as well as the same type of racking, Panel Claw Polar Bear, atop three of the four rooftops. An Ironridge racking system was installed on the Emergency Operations Office to reduce the impact of shade.
“LightWave and NORESCO worked closely to make sure Hickman County received the best value possible,” says JP Plumlee, LightWave Solar Project Developer. “Our teaming arrangement leveraged everyone’s strengths and made for a smooth project,” he says.
The staff was incredibly friendly and knowledgable. in addition to keeping the area clean , we are very happy with the work and the price.
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!
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.
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.
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!
18:12 16 May 18
Great service and solar products. Professional installation and technical support. Installation quality outstanding.
13:56 22 Feb 18
Very happy with our 50KW solar panel array commercial system. Lightwave was extremely easy to work with.
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.
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.
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.
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is the most respected, well-established, and widely recognized certification organization for U.S. solar professionals. Our team includes 9 fully certified NABCEP Solar PV Professionals – more than any other firm in the region.