Spotlight: Solar plus battery system in Nashville

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LightWave Solar project consultant, Justin Huff, stands with ProjX architect, Ira Chilton (on the right), in front of his new artist and design studio.

When Ira Chilton decided to build an artist and design studio behind his home in Nashville, Tennessee, he had no doubt it would incorporate energy efficient and renewable energy technologies. Ira is co-founder, architect, and Chief Development Officer of ProjX, LLC, an architecture and project management firm based in Nashville that focuses on healthcare facilities across the country. ProjX, LLC understands how solar, geothermal and energy efficient design can significantly reduce a building’s operating costs and its environmental impact.

Ira’s 750-square foot artist and design studio is well insulated, lit with LEDs, and has 14 rooftop solar panels. While it might be the smallest building in ProjX, LLC’s portfolio, it claims a cool first achievement: The 5 kilowatt solar array is the first solar plus battery storage in Nashville to connect to a lithium ion battery. Lithium ion batteries provide superior energy storage since they are smaller, require virtually no maintenance, and have 10 year warranties.

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Ira Chilton poses with his LG Chem lithium-ion battery.

“I am happy to be the first person in Nashville to incorporate the leading storage technology into our solar project,” Ira says. “Now we’ll have electricity available for work or for the family, no matter if there is a storm or outage,” he explains.

During the day, even on cloudy days, solar electricity feeds directly into the building’s load panel and one LG Chem battery. If the utility grid is working, the solar panels reduce the amount of electricity needed from the grid, lowering his utility bill. When the grid goes down, the solar plus battery system will power items in his critical loads panel, including a refrigerator, mini-split air-conditioning/heating unit, several outlets and lights.

“I am very satisfied with the installation,” Ira says. “LightWave was very responsive and coordinated well with the General Contractor and Nashville Electric Service,” he adds.

LightWave Solar has installed several solar + LG Chem battery systems, and we will begin to install Tesla Powerwall battery systems later this year, as Powerwalls are now readily available to Tesla Powerwall Certified Installers.

On March 9 we will host a solar + storage system tour at the Teeter Residence in Clarksville, TN. Join us to see a solar plus battery storage system in person and talk with the homeowner. See details here!

The staff was incredibly friendly and knowledgable. in addition to keeping the area clean , we are very happy with the work and the price.
Denis Savouray
Denis Savouray
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!
Jeanie Stephenson
Jeanie Stephenson
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.
Mike Wiedemer
Mike Wiedemer
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.
Nick Mielnik
Nick Mielnik
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!
Shawn Kries
Shawn Kries
18:12 16 May 18
Great service and solar products. Professional installation and technical support. Installation quality outstanding.
Dan Larsen
Dan Larsen
13:56 22 Feb 18
Very happy with our 50KW solar panel array commercial system. Lightwave was extremely easy to work with.
Mark Fournier
Mark Fournier
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.
David James
David James
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.
Greg Gough
Greg Gough
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.
Gerald Dooley
Gerald Dooley
18:26 27 Oct 17

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