CONOVER, NC/DECEMBER 2021 – Vanguard Furniture recently partnered with Pisgah Energy and Eagle Solar & Light to design, develop and install five roof-mounted solar projects on their Product Development and Classic Leather facilities in Conover, NC. These systems, totaling 478 kWdc, serve as on-site electrical generation for Vanguard Furniture, powering the production of their environmentally-conscious furnishings with renewable energy.
Vanguard Furniture now has a total of 1152 solar panels that will augment power to the two facilities. These net-metered systems will produce over 661,900 kWh of renewable energy annually. The solar array will offset over 469 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year. This impact is equivalent to the annual energy usage of 57 homes or driving a 2021 Tesla Model 3 coast-to-coast 1062 times.
Andy Bray, President of Vanguard noted, “environmental consciousness is a key part of our culture. Vanguard is a founding member of the Sustainable Furniture Council. From suppliers to our manufacturing process, we emphasize reducing waste and using sustainable elements. Over the past few years, the cost reductions of solar installations have reached a point where it now makes both economic as well as environmental sense. We hope this is the first phase of Vanguard Furniture converting fully to solar power.”
Pisgah Energy was the lead designer and developer and worked in collaboration with Eagle Solar & Light to provide construction services for the project.
According to Evan Becka, President and Senior Developer at Pisgah Energy, “It’s been an absolute pleasure working with the folks at Vanguard Furniture. We have deep respect for their commitment to sustainability in sourcing, manufacturing and now, energy usage. Vanguard sets an example for others in the furniture industry; they’ve recognized the need to use more renewable energy, and they’re taking action to address it.”
Eagle Solar & Light installed the project utilizing Trina Solar 415 modules, SolarEdge inverters and a PanelClaw ballasted racking system. “Eagle Solar & Light is excited to have teamed up with Pisgah Energy and Vanguard Furniture, both leaders in their industries. With Vanguard, and all our customers, our commitment to being a long-term renewable energy partner drives our efforts to provide the best financial outcome and lowest carbon emissions. We look forward to serving them during the lifetime of this solar system.” says Samuel Yates, Eagle Solar & Light CEO and Founder.
Pisgah Energy is on a mission to lead the transition of commercial, municipal, and institutional clients from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. We serve our clients using insight and expertise derived from 20 years working in the renewable energy sector. We provide comprehensive solar and energy storage design & development services for commercial, municipal, and institutional clients across the Southeast. Our team has a proven track record of developing solar and energy storage projects that are both innovative and uniquely tailored to meet the needs of each individual client.
Eagle Solar & Light: It is our passion to expand renewable energy by developing partnerships driven by trust and integrity, while meeting savings and sustainability goals. We are a North American Board of Certified Electrical Practitioners (NABCEP)-certified general contractor licensed in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and North Carolina. We believe that individuals, businesses, nonprofits and, in particular, marginalized and underserved communities, should have access to clean, abundant solar energy to save money and gain energy independence. We constantly seek opportunities to educate our communities about solar energy and power a cleaner tomorrow.
Vanguard Furniture is a manufacturer and marketer of case goods and upholstery. It is a family held company, employing 600 associates and operates out of six manufacturing buildings in Hickory, North Carolina, and a 40,000+-square foot showroom in High Point, NC and its newest manufacturing location in Hillsville, Virginia. Its mission is to lead home furnishings in style, value, and service with a vision to enrich lives through custom-crafted furniture. Vanguard is a founding member of the Sustainable Furniture Council, and its green initiatives include recycling 95% of all post manufacturing waste, recycling paper, fabric scraps, metal, wood scrap, plastic, and corrugated products. The showroom is located at 301 N Hamilton St, in High Point. For more information, see www.vanguardfurniture.com