Vanguard Furniture’s New Solar Panels Offset 469 Metric Tons of CO2 Emissions

CONOVER, NC – Vanguard Furniture has installed five solar panel projects on the roofs of two of its manufacturing and leather factories in Conover, NC. The panels will offset over 469 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year.

That’s equivalent to saving more than 1,000 barrels of oil, eliminating air pollution produced by more than 1.2 million miles of driving, or powering 57 homes for an entire year.

The systems will serve as on-site power generation for the furniture manufacturer.

Vanguard now has a total of 1,152 solar panels that will increase power to both facilities. The solar panel will produce over 661,900 kWh per year of clean, renewable energy.

“Environmental awareness is a key part of our culture,” said Andy Bray, president of Vanguard. “Vanguard is a founding member of the Sustainable Furniture Council. From suppliers to our manufacturing process, we focus on minimizing waste and using sustainable elements. In recent years, cost reductions in solar installations have reached a point where it now makes both economic and environmental sense. We hope this is the first phase of Vanguard Furniture’s complete conversion to solar power. »

Pisgah Energy was the lead designer and developer and worked in conjunction with Eagle Solar & Light to provide construction services for the project.

“It has been an absolute pleasure working with the folks at Vanguard Furniture,” said Pisgah Energy President and Lead Developer Evan Becka. “We have deep respect for their commitment to sustainability in the sourcing, manufacturing and use of energy. Vanguard sets an example for others in the furniture industry; they have recognized the need to use more renewable energy and they are taking action to address it.

Eagle Solar & Light installed the project using Trina Solar 415 modules on both systems.

Vanguard Furniture is a manufacturer and distributor of storage furniture and upholstery. The company employs 600 associates and operates six manufacturing buildings in Hickory, North Carolina, a 40,000 square foot showroom in High Point and a new facility in Hillsville, Virginia.

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