IKEA Plugs-in New Solar Energy System at Pittsburgh-Area Store

July 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today officially
plugged-in the new solar energy system installed at its Pittsburgh-area
store in Robinson Township, Pennsylvania. The 86,800-square-foot PV
array consists of a 694-kW system, built with 2,884 panels. IKEA
Pittsburgh’s program will produce approximately 852,200 kWh of clean
electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 648 tons of carbon
dioxide (CO2), eliminating the emissions of 115 cars or
powering 73 homes yearly (calculating clean energy equivalents at
www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html ).

This investment by IKEA reinforces the company’s long-term commitment to
sustainability and confidence in photovoltaic (PV) technology. Since
2000, IKEA Pittsburgh hosted a 31kW PPA (power purchase agreement) array
that was removed to facilitate installation of the new system, owned and
operated by IKEA. Including this system now operational at IKEA
Pittsburgh, there are 22 completed solar energy projects for IKEA in the
United States, with 17 more locations underway, making the eventual U.S.
solar presence of IKEA nearly 89% with a total generation of 38 MW.

For the development, design and installation of the Pittsburgh store’s
customized solar power system, IKEA contracted with REC Solar, Inc., a
national leader in solar electric system design and installation with
more than 8,000 systems built across the U.S.

“Our mission is to create a better everyday life for the many people,
and at IKEA Pittsburgh, we just added to this effort,” said Terri Noble,
store manager. “This solar energy system will help reduce the store’s
carbon footprint and represents another investment toward our future in
this community. We appreciate the support of the Robinson Township, PECO
and REC Solar, Inc., our partners in this project.”

IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, believes
it can be a good business while doing good business and aims 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, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process,
phasing out the sale of incandescent light bulbs and facilitating
recycling of customers’ compact fluorescent bulbs. IKEA also has
installed electric vehicle charging stations at nine stores in the
Western U.S.

Located on 14.2 acres along Park Manor Boulevard off the new I-376
corridor in Robinson Township, the 221,000-square-foot IKEA Pittsburgh
opened in July 1989. In addition to 10,000 exclusively designed items,
the store presents 35 different room-settings, a supervised children’s
play area, and a 180-seat indoor/outdoor restaurant serving Swedish
specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as
well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include
preferred parking, a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the accessories
Marketplace, and play areas throughout the store. IKEA also offers a
product picking and delivery service, and free membership to the IKEA
Family loyalty program.

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 330 IKEA stores in 40 countries, including 38 in
the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainable efforts into day-to-day business
and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For
more information, IKEA-USA.com.


        Terri Noble, 412-747-0440, x 1333

Copyright Business Wire 2012

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