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Submitted by: IKEA
Posted: May 25, 2011 – 08:00 AM EST
CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., May 25 /CSRwire/ - IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced plans to install solar PV systems on six more of its locations in the Eastern United States. Pending governmental permits, installation can begin in late spring, with completion expected this fall. Collectively, the six buildings will total 5.076 megawatts (MW) of solar generating capacity, more than 22,000 panels, and an annual output of 6.39 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually – the equivalent to reducing 4,860 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – equal to the emissions of 867 cars or providing electricity for 534 homes yearly (according to www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html for calculating clean energy equivalents). This effort by IKEA will contribute to the local utilities’ renewable portfolio goals and will lower the carbon intensity of the electrical grid.
IKEA will install panels at its Baltimore and College Park, MD stores as well as atop the Cincinnati-area store in West Chester, OH. Similarly, the two Philadelphia-area IKEA stores – in Conshohocken, PA and Philadelphia, PA – also will be receiving solar panels, as will be the IKEA North America Service Office – in Conshohocken. Specific information is below:
“We are excited to continue investing in renewable energy projects, reducing our carbon footprint, and improving the lives of the many people,” said Mike Ward, IKEA U.S. president. “Adding solar energy to more U.S. locations is consistent with our commitment to sustainable building practices, so we are thrilled our evaluation determined these projects to be feasible for IKEA. We are open to considering other opportunities and technologies too.”
IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, believes it can be a good business while doing good business, and strives for its operations to minimize impacts on the environment. Globally, IKEA evaluates all locations regularly for energy conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works with Global Forest Watch to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. Specific U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material (paper, wood, plastic, etc.); incorporating environmental measures into the construction of buildings in terms of energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, skylights in warehouse areas, and water conserving restrooms; and operationally, phasing out the sale of incandescent light bulbs and facilitating recycling of customers’ compact fluorescent bulbs.
For the Maryland and Ohio stores, IKEA contracted with REC Solar, one of the largest U.S. solar electric providers, with more than 6,000 systems built nationwide including 16MW in the retail sector the past two years. For the three Philadelphia-area locations, IKEA has identified Gloria Solar – the U.S. Systems Integrator of the E-Ton Solar Group that recently completed the largest U.S. commercial project, a 5MW land mount in Arizona. Both firms already have implemented, and are implementing, other solar PV programs for IKEA.
In the United States, IKEA already has: solar energy systems operational in Brooklyn, NY; Burbank, CA; Pittsburgh, PA; Tejon, CA (distribution center) and Tempe, AZ; solar water heating systems in Charlotte, NC; Draper, UT; Orlando, FL; and Tampa, FL. Other solar energy systems currently being installed include six more locations in California, and two on the East Coast. Also, both a solar energy system and a geothermal system have been incorporated into the Denver-area store opening this year in Centennial, CO.
IKEA strives to be ‘The Life Improvement Store,’ and since its 1943 founding in Sweden, has offered home furnishings of good design and function, at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 320 IKEA stores in 38 countries, including 37 in the U.S. IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings company, incorporates sustainable efforts into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, go to IKEA-USA.com.
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