IKEA Surpasses 85 Percent Solar Presence in United States
May 09, 2013
Deft, Netherlands-based IKEA has officially plugged-in the solar-energy system installed at its store in Stoughton, Mass. This installation represents the 38th completed solar project for IKEA in the United States, with one more location underway, making the eventual IKEA solar presence nearly 90 percent of its U.S. locations. IKEA Stoughton’s program will produce approximately 695,000 kilowatt-hours of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 479 tons of carbon dioxide, eliminating the emissions of 94 cars or powering 60 homes yearly. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems atop its buildings, and globally has allocated $1.8 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015. This investment reinforces the long-term commitment of IKEA to sustainability and confidence in PV technology. Consistent with the company’s goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 250,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns/operates approximately 110 wind turbines in Europe.