"Our mission is to make solar energy a
mainstream energy source and realize
the full potential of the Solar Industry in the
state of Tennessee."
- TenneSEIA Executive Committee
   & Board Members

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Mission

"Our mission is to make solar energy a
mainstream energy source and realize
the full potential of the Solar Industry in the
state of Tennessee."
- TenneSEIA Executive Committee
   & Board Members

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SACE launches Tennesseans for Solar Choice coalition

As the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) contemplates structural rate changes that would limit or prevent customer choice and fair access to affordable renewable energy, founding members of Tennesseans for Solar Choice have

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Dr. Stephen A. Smith Honored as 2017 TenneSEIA Solar Champion

The Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association (TenneSEIA) awarded its 2017 Solar Champion award today to Dr. Stephen A. Smith at a reception following its annual meeting in Nashville.

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Is TVA Causing a Solar [Market] Eclipse?

TenneSEIA, the Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association, issued a press release yesterday about TVA’s decision to continue restricting the Green Power Providers program.

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Earth Day Celebration: Plug-In Ceremony at Eastbridge Business Park

The Development Corporation of Knox County (TDC), Restoration Services, Inc. (RSI), and Vis Solis with their numerous partners hosted an Earth Day celebration of success and plug-in ceremony at Eastbridge Business Park on Friday, April 21.

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2017 Solar Champion

2017 Solar Champion – Dr. Stephen A. Smith

The Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association (TenneSEIA), awarded the 2017 Solar Champion Award today to Dr. Stephen A. Smith at a reception following its annual meeting in Nashville. “TenneSEIA is proud to present our Solar Champion award to Dr. Smith for his tireless advocacy on behalf of the 9 million ratepayers of the Tennessee Valley for their right to choose solar to power their homes and businesses,” said TenneSEIA President Matt Beasley.

2016 Lifetime Achievement Award

2017 Lifetime Achievement Award – Steve Johnson from Lightwave Solar

TenneSEIA presented its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award to Steve Johnson from Lightwave Solar. Steve has contributed greatly to Tennessee’s solar industry. In 2006 Steve boldly switched his business from electrical contracting to 100% solar PV. Twelve years later, LightWave Solar is one of the most experienced EPCs in the country with over 700 PV systems installed, totaling more than 34MW. As a testament to his company’s growth, LightWave Solar recently commissioned a 3.9MW project – 1,000 times the system size of Steve’s first customer.

Steve helped pioneer Tennessee’s solar industry by training rigorously, achieving NABCEP certification (the 2nd in the state behind Thomas Tripp), and meeting the small but growing demand of early adopters in our state, including Al Gore. Steve coordinated the first solar interconnections with over 40 local power companies in the TVA area.

As Steve’s business doubled in revenue and employees every year for the first 5 years, Steve also lead solar advocacy as President of TSEA for one year, then as a charter member of TenneSEIA, of which he has helped lead for 7 years. In 2011 Steve co-founded the Amicus Solar Cooperative, the first purchasing cooperative in the U.S. solar industry. Amicus now has 43 member-owners across 28 states nationwide including Puerto Rico and Canada.