Commercial & Municipal

Strengthen Your Facility and Brand with Solar Energy

For 16 years, LightWave has been helping organizations go green and cut costs. You can rely on our team for solar energy project development, engineering, procurement, construction (EPC), and operations & maintenance (O&M).

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The Standard in Solar Power

As a founding member of the Amicus Solar Cooperative and the Amicus O&M Cooperative, LightWave Solar is redefining standards and leading the solar PV industry.

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Our Services & Solar Energy Solutions

Our experience helps ensure a smooth solar energy project process with few surprises. We know what it takes to develop and deliver a successful solar powered project.

  • Careful Site Analysis & Equipment Comparisons
  • Accurate Estimating & Financial Analysis
  • Utility and AHJ Coordination on the front end
  • Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) Negotiation
  • Financing Assistance and REAP Grant Writing
  • Efficient Solar System Design & Engineering
  • Timely Procurement
  • Construction that looks like Craftsmanship

Our Specialties

PV Systems 50kW to 5MW

Battery Storage

EV Charging Stations

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REAP Grant Writing

System O&M

OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE

  • Aerial Thermal Site Assessments
  • Remote System Monitoring

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  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Diagnostic Reporting

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Government Incentives

Turn your solar purchase into a savvy investment. Read this U.S. Department Of Energy Guide to Federal Solar Tax Credits for Businesses & Non-profits

2022 Updates: 30% Investment Tax Credit is available for commercial solar projects under 1MW AC.

USDA REAP Grant available to rural small businesses and covers up to 50% of solar project costs. LightWave provides REAP grant writing.

Lower Operating Costs

LightWave Solar energy solutions help your business generate its own electricity. As electric rates continue to go up, so will your savings.

Green Is the New Black!

Let your community and customers know you’re equipped to fight climate change and create a sustainable future by committing to reduce fossil fuel usage and greenhouse gas emissions.

Why Choose Us?

We’ve earned an outstanding reputation for quality system design and construction.

We’ve built projects for over 500 companies and organizations.

Our team includes 6 NABCEP-certified Solar PV Professionals — that’s more than other companies in our region.

We are passionate about what we do, and our goal is to exceed your expectations!

Frequently Asked Questions:

The size of your solar energy project is usually determined by your business’s sustainability goals, electricity use, available space, and budget. We will customize your solar powered system to meet your goals and help you reduce your consumption of grid electricity.

Lightwave Solar installs production monitoring equipment so you can track your solar energy system’s performance online. LightWave also offers operations and management (O&M) services to help ensure your solar energy system is functioning efficiently. We know that a better performing solar powered system means more kilowatt-hours for your company and more carbon savings for the planet!

LightWave Solar provides turn-key design and installation. This includes:

  • Site evaluation to verify system design requirements
  • Electrical drawings and site plans 
  • Completion of interconnection application and all other paperwork required by local utility
  • Permitting
  • Equipment procurement (panels, inverters, monitoring system, disconnects, meter, conduit, wire, etc. – everything needed for fully functional system)
  • Installation and inspections
  • Grid-interconnection/commissioning with local utility
  • One-year workmanship warranty

LightWave Solar has been installing solar PV full-time since July 2006. We helped pioneer the solar energy industry in Tennessee and have earned an outstanding reputation among local power companies, inspectors, and clients.

30% Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC)

The 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is available to businesses and tax-exempt entities for solar energy systems under 1MW AC and for battery storage systems. Tax-exempt entities are eligible to receive a reimbursement via direct pay for 30% of total system cost. The 30% solar tax credit has been extended until 2032. There are ways for system owners to claim a 40%-50% solar tax credit, such as using American-made components, and locating the project in a low-income community or on a brownfield. Projects over 1MW AC must meet additional labor guidelines.

MACRS Accelerated Depreciation

Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS), aka Accelerated Depreciation, is a method of depreciation in which a business’s investments in solar property can be recovered through federal tax deductions. MACRS benefits can be taken all in the first year and can equal up to 20% of solar energy project costs. Taken together, tax credit and MACRS can reduce commercial solar project costs by about 50%.

USDA REAP Grant for Small Rural Businesses

For eligible rural businesses, the USDA offers a Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant for solar energy systems up to 50% of total solar energy project costs. LightWave Solar has grant writers on staff, and our REAP grant approval track record is 95%. The next USDA REAP grant application deadline is March 31, 2023.

LightWave Solar provides an accurate, fixed contract amount that is based on years of experience and site-specific information. You will not be surprised with added costs.

LightWave Solar outlines the payment schedule before we ask you to sign a contract. Typically, we require a 25% down payment upon contract signing. Shortly thereafter, we require a 50% payment to order materials. Once the system has been installed and commissioned by the local utility, we invoice for the remaining 25%.

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