Pisgah Energy and Eagle Solar & Light have recently partnered to design, develop and install five roof-mounted solar projects on Vanguard Furniture‘s Product Development and Classic Leather facilities in Conover, NC. Totaling at 478 kWdc, these systems serve as on-site electrical generation for Vanguard Furniture, powering the production of their environmentally-conscious furnishings with renewable energy.
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.
Vanguard Furniture now has 1152 solar panels that will provide additional power to both of its facilities. Over 661,900 kWh of renewable energy will be generated by these net-metered systems each year. Using the solar array, over 469 tons of CO2 emissions will be offset per 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.”
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