Copeland Furniture's expanded solar array to provide nearly all needed power
Copeland Furniture's solar array

BRADFORD, Vt. - Solid wood furniture maker Copeland Furniture is expanding its solar energy footprint to equal nearly 100 percent of its electrical consumption.

In August of 2016, the company installed its first solar array - providing around 64 percent of its power. 

Copeland is also making upgrades at its facility to improve energy conservation. Currently, around 65 percent of the plant's heat is produced by wood waste left over from manufacturing, with the rest coming from fuel oil. 

The company will add a second biomass boiler, reducing the need for fuel oil by 30,000 gallons per year.

Other upgrades include the addition of LED lighting and many large electric motors.

Copeland Furniture has been making wood furniture since 1976. 

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