Gabriella White in Pelham installs one of the largest solar arrays in state

Summer Classics warehouse and corporate headquarters in Pelham is now home to the largest privately owned solar panel installation in Alabama. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

Last week, on July 20, Gabriella White, LLC, parent company to luxury outdoor furniture line Summer Classics and indoor, high style furniture brand Gabby, announced that they had “flipped the switch” turning on a new solar panel energy system at their corporate headquarters in Pelham, Alabama.

According to Gabriella White, the company will now be the largest privately held company in Alabama to run on solar energy.

“For me, going solar is something that I have always wanted to do. After being approached about making the switch this past March, we spent a good amount of time carefully analyzing the case for installing solar panels,” said Gabriella White CEO, Bew White.

“Making this step marks a major milestone for our company and for Alabama.”

The newly installed solar panels will produce up to 70% of the electricity usage for the 500,000-square foot building, housing 220 employees, the company’s cushion production facility, retail showroom, warehouse and eight conference rooms.

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“We are excited to be able to be more ecofriendly to our employees, customers, and the Shelby County community that we call home,” White added.

The Solar powered system was installed by Eagle Solar and Light. This is the second large ground breaking solar powered system that the company has installed in the last two months in the Birmingham area. Last month, the company completed the first solar installation of its kind in Alabama at a gas station in McCalla.

Solar panels behind The Store in McCalla. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

“Eagle Solar and Light is pleased to be a part of Gabriella White’s growing emphasis on renewables. The system that we designed and installed will be a significant part of Gabriella White’s renewable footprint for many decades to come,” said Eagle Solar and Light President, Joe Bennett. “From conception to execution, this project has allowed us to utilize the thoughts, ideas and services of many local individuals and companies. This type of project is an excellent way to provide opportunities to others in the area, as well as promote the benefits of solar energy from a business and economic viewpoint.”

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.