LightWave Solar is now a Knoxville area solar installer!

Published March 10, 2015

We are very excited to announce that LightWave Solar now has an office in Knoxville!

The expansion into the Knoxville area tracks with the opening of TVA’s 2015 Green Power Providers program which pays a 2 cent premium for solar electricity.  The program for commercial projects was in wait list status for most of 2014, so we are eager to help more customers get in the popular solar program this year.

LightWave Solar has installed nearly 500 solar systems across the state, mostly in Middle Tennessee. But back in 2007, partnering with Thomas Tripp, LightWave Solar installed the first commercial installation in Knoxville at the Mellow Mushroom on Cumberland Avenue. It was the second solar system interconnected with Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB).

Since then Knoxville became a Dept. of Energy Solar America City and a solar energy hub. Now, with renewed capacity in TVA’s solar program and new financing options for both business owners and homeowners, this year is a great time for us to expand into the Knoxville area and maintain a full time presence.

Solar veteran, Jon Bates, heads up the LightWave Solar Knoxville branch. Jon has been in the solar industry for nearly 30 years, so he knows his stuff!

Besides our solar knowledge and experience, we can now offer great financing options for system owners in Knoxville and surrounding East Tennessee areas. For businesses, we have partnered with BB&T for low interest commercial project loans which can allow business owners to see a 2 year solar payback.   Read previous post for more info on the 2 year payback option.

For homeowners, we offer the Dividend Solar Loan which allows homeowners to go solar with no money down.   For homes with ideal solar site conditions, instant positive cash flow is possible.

On March 20, 2015, we are hosting a Commercial Solar Lunch & Learn in Knoxville to 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. Here are the details:

Commercial Solar Lunch & Learn on Friday, March 20, 2015 from 11:30am to 1pm at BB&T located at 900 S. Gay Street, Suite 2400, in Knoxville, TN.

Eventbrite - Commercial Solar Lunch & Learn on March 20, 2015

LightWave Solar 1MW Solar Array in Oak Ridge, TN
Currently LightWave Solar is building 1 MW (approx. 3,300 solar panels) in Oak Ridge, 25 miles west of Knoxville. Oak Ridge-based Restoration Services, Inc. (RSI) and Franklin-based VisSolis developed the project.
LightWave Solar installed solar system at Mellow Mushroom in Knoxville, TN.
In 2007 we installed one of our first solar projects: 30 solar panels at Mellow Mushroom in Knoxville.