From Home Furnishing Business
Vanguard’s New Solar Panels Strengthens Commitment to Sustainability
2021 by Laurie Northington in Business Strategy, Industry
High-end upholstery and casegood producer Vanguard Furniture has 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.
“Environmental consciousness 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 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.”