75 visit LC solar farm, other sites as part of agri-tour

Fayetteville, TN - A large group with the Madison County Soil & Conservation group visited Brown solar farms.


August 27, 2015 - Brown Construction added to American Buildings Company's network of builders

Eufaula, AL - American Buildings Company (ABC), a leading domestic and international manufacturer and marketer of high-quality metal building systems for industrial, commercial, and institutional construction markets, announces the addition of Collicott Construction Inc. of Willits, California and Brown Construction of Fayetteville, Tennessee to its national network of Builders.
As authorized ABC Builders, both Collicott Construction and Brown Construction will have access to American Buildings’ engineering and design expertise, industry-leading technology and quality metal building products.
Business today is about working together to achieve mutually successful business goals and objectives. ABC is extremely careful about choosing the right companies to represent them in the market and is excited about their future with both Collicott Construction and Brown Construction. Each ABC authorized Builder has access to a variety of sales, marketing, engineering and design tools to ensure their businesses function at the highest level. The success of the authorized Builder network is driven by their local market knowledge paired with the unparalleled training, technology, products and services offered by ABC.
Nat Collicott is president of Collicott Construction, working in residential construction, commercial construction, swimming pool design and construction, steel buildings and concrete; the company has served the Mendocino-county area for over 15 years. The company can be reached by telephone at (707) 459-6245. For more information about Collicott Construction, e-mail collicotts@gmail.com or visit www.collicottconstruction.com.
Barry Brown is president of Brown Construction, working in full service contracting, site excavation, metal buildings, UG utilities, foundations and solar panel installation; the company has served the Lincoln-county area for over 30 years. The company can be reached by telephone at (931) 433-0639. For more information about Brown Construction, e-mail bbrown@billbrownconstruction.com or visit www.billbrownconstruction.com.
Authorized ABC Builders can receive hands-on marketing support to aid them in prospecting and lead generation. Additionally, ABC’s proprietary TALON® design and pricing software enables its Builders to design and price virtually any customized building and generate accurate price quotes and drawings in minutes. Each project designed with TALON includes a comprehensive set of drawings and documentation that helps Builders quickly and easily show their customers exactly what their building will look like before it is erected.
To ensure all of its authorized Builders are intimately familiar with its custom engineered metal building products, American offers extensive training programs covering every aspect of metal systems construction from planning through completion. These programs include steel erection training, which provides an intensive combination of classroom and hands-on experience in every aspect of on-site erection and installation of American’s products and hands-on application of American’s design and pricing software, TALON.
In 2007, American Buildings Company was acquired by Nucor Corporation, a Fortune 200 Company. Nucor and its affiliates are manufacturers of steel products, with operating facilities primarily in the U.S. and Canada. Nucor is the largest steel producer in the United States and has not experienced a layoff due to lack of work in over 40 years. Nucor was recently honored by Forbes Magazine as the number one company in America’s Best Big Companies Honor Roll. Nucor is also North America’s largest recycler of steel.
About American Buildings Company

For more than 65 years American Buildings Company has been pioneering the design, manufacture and delivery of metal buildings and roofing systems that set the industry standard. From industrial and commercial structures to tailored projects for the automotive, retail and transportation industries, the ABC family of more than 850 authorized Builders has the expertise to exceed expectations for custom engineered metal building projects in a variety of industry segments. ABC delivers a proven combination of products, technology, and customer service to accurately execute projects on time and on budget through four strategically-located engineering and manufacturing facilities. Locations include Eufaula, Ala., Carson City, Nev., El Paso, Ill., and LaCrosse, Va. For more information on American Buildings Company, visit their website at www.americanbuildings.com.
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October 28, 2011 - In Fayetteville, Tenn., they're waiting to 'flip the switch' on a big solar-power project

FAYETTEVILLE, Tennessee - Wedged among a subdivision and the former location of Sunchasers Tanning is a 13-acre development that's part of the largest solar project in Tennessee.
Farther south is another of Barry Brown's solar farms, a 5-acre tract with enough solar panels to soon help provide power to Piggly Wiggly, Dairy D'Lite and the other businesses along Huntsville Highway.
The homes in the Park City community south of Fayetteville also will be powered by Brown's solar farms during daylight hours, perhaps as early as Wednesday, when the TVA inspectors are scheduled to arrive.
"We're waiting on TVA to come in and say. 'Flip the switch,' " said Brown, owner of Brown Construction.
When it happens, Brown's four farms on the two sites will be "the largest combined solar project in the state of Tennessee or Alabama," he said.
The project, completed last Wednesday, cost about $11 million, Brown estimated. He said the project involved companies based in China, Germany, Colorado and Virginia, among other places.
About 13,000 solar panels were used at the two sites. The 13-acre solar farm will produce about 3 megawatts of energy, Brown said, and the 5-acre farm will produce one megawatt - all enough to power about 1,000 homes, by his count.
"There is no solar of this magnitude anywhere around here," Brown said.
It took four weeks - Sept. 19 to Oct. 19 - to complete the project, he said.
The panels came from Astronergy of Beijing, China, the inverters from Advanced Energy of Fort Collins, Colo.
Of the panels, Brown said, "If you take one panel, 60 percent of the cost is from materials made in the U.S. and exported to China."
SolAVerde, based in Fort Royal, Va., helped with installation. VisSolis, a German-based company with a location in Franklin, Tenn., was instrumental in engineering and equipment.
To complete the project, about 60 people were employed.
"When you reduce the carbon footprint and employ people, that's a strong statement," Brown said.
The push for solar energy is Brown's statement about how to diversify his company, a move prompted by the uncertain economy.
He decided "clean energy" was the way to diversify. The land owned by Brown and his daughter, Danielle, a computer science student at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, was the place to develop it.
To finish it in one month, he and his workers put in "14-16-hour days seven days a week, rain or shine," he said.
"In the daylight hours, it (the solar-generated power from the farms) goes out of this place to an underground cable to a Fayetteville public utilities grid connection," Brown said.
The surrounding businesses and residences will use the power until sundown, he said.
"Nothing is stored," he said. "It's used every day. When the sun goes down, this shuts down, and even our equipment will feed off TVA power. And when the sun comes back up, it's self-sustained."
His goal is to build more solar farms in Tennessee and Alabama and to give the United States parity with European countries, where solar power is more common.
"This lets North Alabama experience clean energy," he said. "It will help promote future opportunities here."