Rossville's First Solar Farm Is Operational

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Alicity Group LLC has installed North Georgia's and EPB of Chattanooga’s first Single Axis Tracker Solar Farm at 901 Glentanna St. in Rossville. The new solar farm, which began operations Nov. 1, is expected to produce 1,625,000 kWhr annually.

CEO Barny Danks said, "This project is unique in many areas. The new solar farm features a single axis tracking system. This enables the solar panels to move with the sun throughout the day further enhancing energy production. Additionally, by raising our panels 11 feet, we installed our solar farm on what most consider an unusable track of land in the flood plain." 

The Solar Farm will produce enough energy throughout the year to power approximately 125 area homes. As a grid-tied system, the Solar Farm provides power when the sun is shining, and when the sun is not, the power comes from other sources provided by TVA. The advantage offered by the solar farm is its ability to provide power to area homes even when other generators are unavailable due to inclement weather or other system outages.

EPB is on the forefront of enabling systems, such as Rossville Solar Farm, to enhance their distribution grid with reliability and resiliency, said officials.

The Alicity Group LLC and its group of financial partners have invested capital in Rossville, Walker County, Chattanooga, and the surrounding area's local economy--from construction costs of $1.5 million to hiring Chubby's (the local BBQ restaurant) to cater the open house. Charlie Fiechter, Greenleaf-TNX Resources, LLC (a project financial partner) said, “We are pleased to partner with Alicity to finance and construct the largest single axis solar project in EPB territory to date. We are looking forward to working with our Chattanooga partners to bringing even larger projects online in the coming months.”

For more information about this solar energy project please contact The Alicity Group at 847-5193.

Trident Transport Ranks No. 1 In Chattanooga And No. 400 in America On 2018 Inc. 5000

Inc. magazine revealed last week that Trident Transport is No. 1 in Chattanooga and No. 400 on its 37th annual Inc. 5000, a ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses, said officials. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, ... (click for more)

Five Star Food Service Completes Acquisition Of Mid South Services, LLC

Convenience service provider Five Star Food Service Monday announces the acquisition of Mid South Services, LLC, a Canteen franchise based in Muscle Shoals, Al.  South Services has been in business since 1968 and has grown to one of the region’s top convenience service providers offering micro markets, pantry, full-line vending, premium coffee, water, dining, and catering ... (click for more)

Female Inmate Dies At Bradley County Jail Monday

A female inmate was found unresponsive at the Bradley County Jail on Monday afternoon. Correctional officers and on-site medical personnel performed life saving measures, but she was later declared dead after Bradley County EMS arrived.  The inmate was 54-year-old Fawn Zanette Brandham. Correctional officers contacted the 12th Judicial District Attorney's office, ... (click for more)

Federal Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Family With Down Syndrome Child Who Sued County Schools

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of a couple with a Down syndrome child who sued the county schools. The parents of Luka Hyde objected when the county schools tried to move him from his zoned school to a segregated school. The ruling says under federal law that students with disabilities are supposed to be placed in the least restrictive ... (click for more)

Use Purse Building For Chattanooga Museum Of History And Industry

I was caught off-guard and pleasantly stoked by Eric Atkins' editorial on last week suggesting that one of the soon-to-be surplused city buildings could be turned into a history museum.   I didn't think anyone other than myself that I didn't know cared, or at least would turn their thoughts into the topic of an editorial.  I believe that most of the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: One Person Every Hour

After the first weekend in August, the United States was shaken to its core as every major media outlet reported that 67 people had been shot in Chicago, 12 of them dead in the senseless carnage. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel pleaded for calm and announced an additional 600 police officers would join other law enforcement in the five most troubled districts. This past weekend, which ... (click for more)