TAMARAC, Fla. — City Furniture said it has become one of the first furniture retailers to subscribe to Florida Power & Light’s new SolarTogether program, designed to create 20 solar power plants by mid-2021.
The move meshes with the Top 100 company’s goal of becoming a 100% carbon neutral operation by 2040. By subscribing for 500 kilowatts of solar power through SolarTogether, City ensures production of solar energy equal to about 5% annual kilowatt needs.
“Based on the amount of solar energy our subscription will create, we are offsetting enough energy use to power three showrooms 100% off the grid and running on energy from the sun,” said Andrew Koenig, president of the 33-store Florida retailer. “SolarTogether is a major innovation for creating large-scale community solar. It’s great for the environment, and it gives businesses a boost toward their sustainability goals, with strong return on investment.”
Approved by Florida’s Public Service Commission in March, the commercial, industrial and governmental portion of FPL’s SolarTogether program is fully subscribed, the retailer said. The program gives customers an option to cost effectively support the growth of solar energy in Florida, while receiving monthly credits on their FPL bill. By mid-2021, SolarTogether is expected to include 20 new solar power plants, totaling 1,490 megawatts of solar energy.
Subscribers choose the amount of energy they want to offset by helping create solar, pay a monthly subscription cost based on a fixed subscription rate and receive credits on their power bills. The credits increase over time, producing payback on the subscriber’s investment, the retailer said.
“Florida needs bold ideas and major strides to speed renewable energy’s growth,” said Koenig. “The overwhelming response to SolarTogether shows that businesses recognize the time is now to create a sustainable future.”
City’s other “Green Promise” initiatives includes a delivery truck fleet now running entirely on compressed natural gas and five Tesla Semi all-electric trucks currently on order.
In addition, eight of the Florida retailer’s showrooms are LEED-certified “green” showrooms, and City said energy-efficient strategies are saving it 7.2 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, eliminating 11.2 million pounds of CO2 from being released. It also recycles 98% of waste at its own recycling center, which keeps 6 million pounds out of landfills.
The company expanded offering of eco-friendly home furnishings includes the Seattle line made from Forest Stewardship Council-certified, 100% reclaimed wood and Oeko-Tex-certified, environmentally friendly private label sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers.
City Furniture operates 20 showrooms from Miami through Vero Beach, Fla., and in southwest and central Florida, as well as 13 Ashley HomeStore showrooms.