Levin Furniture, the largest family-owned home furnishings retailer in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio, turned on its 1 MW solar system at their headquarters office and warehouse in Smithton, Westmoreland County, Pa., this week.
Levin’s previously completed four other rooftop solar projects, making the new 1 MW array the company’s fifth. The local family business is believed to be the first furniture company in the United States to use solar power with the 2004 installation at its Monroeville location. The State of Pennsylvania recognized Levin Furniture in 2008 with its “Waste Watchers Award” given to organizations that have shown leadership in recycling and other environmental initiatives.
“We’re proud to have completed this latest solar system,” said Company Chairman, Robert Levin. “This project continues our investment in the company and adds to several important environmentally responsible practices at Levin’s”.
The installation is the largest built by a retail company in Western PA, and will generate 70% of the distribution center’s annual electricity needs. The solar energy generated each year is the equivalent of eliminating roughly 824 tons of CO2, or 1,738 barrels of oil.
Solbridge Energy Advisors served as the project consultant, broker, and owner’s representative, working with Levin leadership on all aspects of the project. Paradise Energy Solutions constructed the solar array. “We’ve had great partners on the project and are thrilled with the outcome” commented Levin.
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