Vanguard Furniture Expands Use of Solar

Vanguard Furniture Expands Use of Solar


Conover-based corporation partners with Pisgah Energy again to continue its conversion to solar energy. New solar electric system builds on solar arrays previously installed at separate facilities, boosting annual renewable energy production.

CONOVER, NC, JUNE 2024 – Vanguard Furniture and Pisgah Energy teamed up again to design and install two roof-mounted solar projects at Vanguard’s Frame Plant 2 facility in Conover, NC. These systems, totaling 188kWdc, build on Vanguard’s previous solar installations—furthering its conversion to solar energy and strengthening its commitment to sustainable products and practices.

Frame Plant 2 now boasts 438 solar panels augmenting power to the building and generating over 267,400kWh of renewable energy annually for on-site consumption. With the addition of this array, Vanguard now has a total of 1,590 solar panels across three facilities—boosting its annual production of renewable energy from 661,900kWh to over 929,000kWh. The new solar electric system will offset 187 metric tons of carbon dioxide every year, increasing Vanguard’s total annual CO2 offset from 469 metric tons to 656 metric tons. Total impact of these systems is equivalent to saving over 1,500 barrels of oil from being consumed, removing air pollution caused by 1.6 million miles of driving, or emissions avoided by recycling 225 tons of waste instead of sending it to the landfill.

Vanguard Furniture Frame Plant 2 Commercial Solar Array
Solar at Vanguard Furniture Frame Plant 2.
View of all Vanguard Furniture's commercial solar arrays
Three Vanguard Furniture facilities generate solar energy.

We are grateful to Pisgah Energy for helping us reach another milestone in our pursuit of sustainability. Taking the equivalent energy use of 128 homes off the grid is significant and we’re proud to be furthering this important initiative.


—Andy Bray, President and CEO of Vanguard Furniture

Pisgah Energy served as the primary contractor, designing and installing the project utilizing ‘Made in the USA’ Mission Solar panels.

The addition of the Frame Plant 2 solar array really illustrates Vanguard’s dedication to using solar energy across its facilities. It’s an honor to partner with a company so deeply committed to reducing its impact on the environment and we look forward to joining forces again in the future.


—Evan Becka, President and Senior Developer of Pisgah Energy



Pisgah Energy provides comprehensive solar and energy storage design, development and construction services for commercial, municipal, and institutional clients across the Southeast. Based in Asheville NC, its mission is to lead the transition of commercial, municipal, and institutional clients from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. The Pisgah Energy team has a combined 60+ years of experience in the renewable energy industry and 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.

Vanguard Furniture is known for its sophisticated upholstery and casegood designs and renowned for its custom furniture capabilities. Founded in 1969, the family-held company employs 750+ associates in seven manufacturing facilities across North Carolina and Virginia and has flagship showrooms in High Point, N.C., Las Vegas, and Atlanta. Proudly crafted in the USA using the finest materials, each Vanguard Furniture creation is a collector’s piece handmade by artisans and built to last for generations. Vanguard is a founding member of the Sustainable Furniture Council, and its green initiatives include using solar electric energy and recycling 95% of all post manufacturing waste, paper, fabric scraps, metal, wood scrap, plastic, and corrugated products. For more information, visit