Lawson Electric Company Installs 200kW Solar Field at Brown Stove Works, Inc., in Cleveland, Tennessee

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This manufacturing facility in Cleveland, Tennessee worked with Chattanooga-based electrical contractor, Lawson Electric, to design and install their 200kW solar project. This solar installation is the largest solar array in the Cleveland area.

Lawson Electric Company Solar Installation, Chattanooga Tennessee

This system can power 50 average homes.

Brown Stove Works is pleased to be able to participate in a program that generates clean, sustainable energy for our community, and is fortunate to have partnered with Lawson Electric and Tennessee Valley Authority.

Brown Stove Works, Inc., located in Cleveland, TN, completed the interconnection of a 199.64kW solar field to the Cleveland Utilities Board power grid in April. The Chattanooga-based solar installer for this system was Lawson Electric Company. The system, installed on property adjacent to Brown Stove Works' manufacturing facility, will generate over 250,000 kilowatt hours of clean, renewable energy for local businesses and homes each year – enough to supply the needs of 50 average homes. Throughout the twenty-five year warranted lifetime of the system, the solar field will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 4,500 metric tons of CO², equivalent to planting an additional 180,000 trees. For the initiative, Brown Stove Works partnered with Tennessee Valley Authority under the TVA Generation Partners Program.

Andrew Orman, Project Manager for Lawson Electric, said that, “It has been a real pleasure working with the people at Brown Stove Works, and I’m proud to say that they are now the owner of the largest solar array in the Cleveland area. This 200kW ground mount system was another successful project that we were able to deliver on time, despite a lot of rain delays this winter. I hope this is the start of a long relationship with the folks at Brown Stove Works!”

Brown Stove Works was able to participate in the TVA Generation Partners Program as one of the last applicants to have a 199kW system approved within the program. Shortly after the company’s application was approved, TVA reduced the eligible system size from 200kW to 50kW. Lawson Electric Company provided engineering and solar installation expertise which allowed Brown Stove Works to have its system operational within six months of project approval by TVA. The solar array sits on a two-acre plot and is comprised of 868 - Canadian Solar 230-watt modules, two - Kaco 100kW inverters atop a Cablofil Legrand Fas Rack ground mount PV support system. The entire system connects directly into the Cleveland Utilities Board power grid.

Brown Stove Works, established in 1935, manufactures gas and electric cooking appliances for the home. The company’s products are sold throughout North America, and Brown Stove has earned a reputation for delivering reliable, quality products and providing friendly customer service.

Matthew Brown, Executive Vice President of Brown Stove Works, Inc., had this to say of the installation:

“Brown Stove Works is pleased to be able to participate in a program that generates clean, sustainable energy for our community and is fortunate to have partnered with Lawson Electric and Tennessee Valley Authority.”

By investing its own capital and land in this project, Brown Stove Works, Inc. demonstrates its commitment to a cleaner, brighter energy future for Southeast Tennessee.

About Lawson Electric Company
Since its establishment in 1925, Lawson Electric Company has grown to become one of Tennessee’s largest full-service electrical contracting companies with more than 80 years of successful service. Lawson Electric manifests its commitment to quality through its more than 375 employees: construction personnel, field electricians, professional engineers, project managers, designers, industrial automation professionals, management and clerical staff. Lawson Electric’s significant investments in state-of-the-art equipment and human resources allow Lawson to serve its customers with the tools and manpower required when special needs arise. As the state of Tennessee and the Tennessee Valley Authority make progress toward expanding the state’s solar electricity generation, Lawson Electric has tailored its services to give customers the ability to explore renewable energy options through solar installation services. In addition, the solar services offered through Lawson Electric Company are expected to create and save local renewable energy jobs. Lawson Electric has been one of Tennessee’s most trusted companies for all electrical contracting and repairs for nearly eighty-five years. Lawson Electric Company is devoted to building a more sustainable and reliable energy future for Tennessee and the Mid-South region. Through the company’s solar efforts, Lawson Electric can help your business increase efficiency, lower monthly utility bills and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. For more information and your free Preliminary Clean Power Plan, go to today.

About Brown Stove Works, Inc.
For over 75 years, Brown Stove Works, Inc. has proudly manufactured residential cooking appliances in Cleveland, Tennessee. The company’s products are held to the highest standards possible. To learn more about the company’s commitment to excellence, rich local heritage, and its Brown line of products, visit For more information about the company’s FiveStar brand of professional style cooking equipment, visit

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