LightWave Solar Completes 1 MW Solar Tracking Array in Memphis

Published April 23, 2012

System is the largest single-axis tracking array in Tennessee, and boosts local economy 
April 23, 2012

Memphis, Tenn. The largest area installer of solar PV systems in Tennessee, LightWave Solar, recently completed the installation of 998.4 kW at Agricenter International in Memphis, Tennessee.  Project completion was celebrated at a Green Ribbon Cutting Ceremony following the 2012 Tennessee Valley Solar Solutions Conference in Memphis on April 11.  Notable participants included U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, Memphis Mayors Wharton and Luttrell, and project partners Silicon Ranch, LightWave Solar, and Sharp.

“The 1MW solar farm at Agricenter is a great example of the growth of Tennessee’s Solar Value Chain,” said Steve Johnson, President of LightWave Solar.  “We’re a Tennessee company, we hired other Tennessee companies to help build the project, and we utilized solar technology manufactured right here in the state.  This project is great for our economy.”

Residing on five acres, the system incorporates 4,160 Sharp 240-watt solar panels that were locally-manufactured in Memphis.  The panels are mounted on Array Technologies DuraTrack single-axis tracking platform, and follow the movement of the sun to increases solar electric production by 20%.  The largest single-axis tracking system in Tennessee, it will produce over 1,600,000 kilowatt-hours per year which is enough electricity to power at least 100 homes.  Over the next 25 years, the system will offset carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxide (NOX), and sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions that are equivalent to planting 6,600 acres of trees.

LightWave Solar began project construction on December 14, 2011.  On April 2, 2012, the system was commissioned and grid-interconnected by Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW) and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).  Other system components include a PV Powered MV-1040kW inverter and SPX Arguson Solar Power Monitoring.  Silicon Ranch provided the funding for the project and owns and maintains the system.

To learn more about this project, contact LightWave Solar at 615-641-4050 and [email protected]. Monitoring data and time lapse video are located here: