Largest Retail Solar Array in Western Pennsylvania
SMITHTON, PA, November 8, 2021 – Levin Furniture, the largest family-owned home furnishings retailer in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio, has just installed a 1,000 kw (1 megawatt) array of 2,500 solar panels atop their warehouse and corporate headquarters in Smithton, Westmoreland County, PA. A “Flip the Switch” ceremony to turn on the system will be held at Levin’s warehouse on Wednesday, November 10th at 11:00 am.
“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 new 1 MW array is the fifth rooftop solar project completed by Levin’s. The local family business is believed to be the first furniture company in the United States to use solar power with its 2004 installation at its Monroeville location. Levin Furniture was recognized in 2008 by the State of Pennsylvania with its “Waste Watchers Award” given to organizations that have shown leadership in recycling and other environmental initiatives.
As the largest solar installation by a retail company in Western PA, the system will generate 70% of the distribution center’s annual electricity needs, or enough to power approximately 100 homes. In one year, that equates to eliminating roughly 824 tons of CO2, or 1,738 barrels of oil.
Solbridge Energy Advisors was tapped to serve as the project consultant, broker, and owner’s representative. Solbridge worked 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.
About Levin Furniture – Founded in 1920, Levin Furniture has 23 furniture and mattress showrooms including freestanding mattress locations in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio, as well as a full-service e-commerce website. For more information, visit www.levinfurniture.com.
About Solbridge Energy Advisors – Solbridge EA is an independent solar consulting firm based in Pittsburgh. Solbridge helps decision makers on every level (homeowners, business owners, nonprofits, government leaders, etc. evaluate and execute solar projects. Visit www.SolbridgeEA.com for more information.
About Paradise Energy Solutions – Paradise Energy Solutions is a family-owned, full-service solar energy company with over 1,500 solar installations throughout the mid-Atlantic region for businesses, farmers and homeowners. Visit ParadiseEnergy.com for more information.
CONTACT: Robert Levin 412-580-1457