Press Release: Leading Solar Installer LightWave Solar Opens Knoxville Branch

Published February 26, 2015

Knoxville, Tenn. – The largest installer of solar PV systems in Tennessee, LightWave Solar, has expanded its offices to Knoxville. This announcement comes as TVA reopens their popular Green Power Providers program which pays system owners a premium for their solar electricity.

“LightWave Solar has installed nearly 500 solar systems across the state, mostly in Middle Tennessee,” says company President Steve Johnson. “Knoxville has been a solar hub for the last several years, and with renewed capacity in TVA’s solar program and new financing options for both business owners and homeowners, now is a great time for us to expand into the Knoxville area.”

LightWave Solar has chosen solar veteran Jon Bates to head the East Tennessee office. A solar energy professional with 29 years’ experience in solar design, project management and sales, Jon will serve as Solar PV Consultant in East Tennessee and spearhead the company’s growth in and around Knoxville.

“Interest and demand in solar is growing in Tennessee since solar costs have dropped significantly in the last couple of years,” says Bates. “Now that solar is within reach of more and more businesses and homeowners, I am proud to represent such a highly-respected solar installer as LightWave Solar in East Tennessee.”

LightWave Solar will present a Commercial Solar Lunch & Learn in Knoxville on Friday, March 20, 2015 from 11:30 a.m-1:00 p.m. at the BB&T Building located at 900 S. Gay Street. The seminar will help business owners learn more about installing solar and will cover costs and financing options as well as tax benefits and how to get in TVA’s Green Power program. The event is free and open to the public. To register, call 877-748-1260 or email


About LightWave Solar:

Based in Nashville, LightWave Solar is an experienced solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm who helped pioneer the solar industry in Tennessee. Since their founding in 2006, LightWave Solar is 100% focused on solar PV with nearly 500 solar projects installed across the region. LightWave Solar is comprised of highly trained staff including 11 North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Solar PV Professionals – more than any other firm in the Midsouth. Solar information is available at