September 2011 “Solar Tours on Oct 8”

Published October 18, 2011

From: LightWave Solar <>
Subject: Solar Tours on Sat, Oct 8

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Photo of the Month: September 2011

Solar Tour

Steve Johnson, President of LightWave Solar, gives the Sustainable Living Guild a solar tour of his home in Antioch.


Solar Tours 2011


LightWave Solar will host the Middle TN Solar Tour and the Johnson City Solar Tour as part of the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour.  The tours are free and feature local solar-powered homes, businesses and one non-profit.  If you are in the Tri-Cities area, please see the end of this newsletter for Johnson City tour details.   


The Middle TN Solar Tour will take place on Saturday, Oct 8 from 10am to 2pm. It’s a great opportunity to talk with system owners and solar experts and see the equipment up-close.  The tour is self-guided, so you can visit any of the systems listed below between 10am and 2pm. Tours begin about every half hour.  Addresses are listed below or GO TO MAP HERE


Johnson Residence

301 Battle Road
Antioch, TN 37013
Home belongs to Steve Johnson, owner of LightWave Solar.  His residence features a 7 kW PV solar system on a passive solar & NES Energy Saver home with a geothermal heating and cooling system. Tour also includes the all electric Nissan Leaf, a solar powered golf cart, solar water pump, solar attic fans & small off-grid system on barn.

Gangwisch Residence
5720 Hearthstone Ln
Brentwood, TN 37027
Home has the largest residential solar PV system in Middle TN at 19 kW.  Home has HERS energy efficiency rating of 42 and includes a solar thermal system.

Galbreath Residence
801 Lealand Ln
Nashville, TN 37204
Home has a 4 kW solar PV system and energy efficient measures throughout. HERS rating is in the works.

Hancock Residence
314 Moss Pl
Franklin, TN 37064
Home has a 6 kW solar PV system, and it is the first solar home in Westhaven.

7190 Hill Hughes Road

Fairview, TN 37062

GroWild has a very unique 26 kW pole-mounted solar PV system in picturesque countyside.  System consists of 108 solar panels on nine poles.

Street Dixon Rick Architecture

107 Kenner Avenue

Nashville, TN 37205

In 2006 SDR was the first business in Nashville to receive a state grant for solar.  Their solar PV system is 12 kW and consists of Sharp solar panels manufactured here in Tennessee.


Arts Center of Cannon County
1424 John Bragg Highway (Hwy 70S)
Woodbury, TN 37190
Staff with LightWave Solar and Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation will introduce solar power and energy efficiency concepts. The Arts Center’s solar installation was awarded the 2011 TN Governor’s Energy Leadership Environmental Award. The project includes a 29 kW system, a time lapse video of the installation, and real time energy production display in the lobby. Presentations will begin at 10:15, 11:15, and 12:15.

Tour Map

Map shows Middle TN Solar Tour locations – seven total. We hope to see you at one or more!

For more info/questions, tour contact:

Grace Robertson

office 615-641-4050 x 104

cell 615-812-6861  


Johnson City Solar Tour and Workshop


We’re hosting the first Johnson City Solar Tour on Saturday, Oct 8 from 10am-2pm.  Meet at Nelson Fine Art Center at 10am for a one hour solar presentation and refreshments. Tour will start at about 11am with the system at Nelson Fine Art Center and continue with systems at two other locations: The Bike Shop and a nearby residence.   

System of 20 kW atop Nelson Fine Art in Downtown Johnson City.  


Nelson Fine Art


324 E. Main St.
Johnson City, TN 37601   


The Bike Shop 

3208 Bristol Highway
Johnson City, TN 37601   


Ortola Residence 

137 Bart Green Drive
Johnson City, TN 37615      


For more info/questions, tour contact:

Paul Sutton


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Where We’ll Be…


Fall Garden Extravaganza

Sat, Sept 24

Murfreesboro AG Center

More info here 

Commercial Solar
Lunch & Learn

Thurs, Sept 29,
Clarksville Hilton
More info here

Solar Power Int’l 2011
Oct 17-20
Dallas, TX
More info here 


Solar 101 Workshop 
Sat, Nov 5, 10-11am 

Bells Bend Outdoor Center
More info here 


Living Well Marketplace

Sat, Nov 19 

Factory at Franklin

More info here    



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