IKEA Powers-up Solar Energy System’s Panels at Orlando Store

June 28, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

ORLANDO, Fla., Jun 27, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) –
IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today officially
plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its store in Orlando,
Florida. The 120,900-square-foot PV array consists of a 967-kW system,
built with 4,115 panels. IKEA Orlando’s program will produce
approximately 1,421,500 kWh of clean electricity annually, the
equivalent of reducing 1,080 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2),
eliminating the emissions of 192 cars or powering 122 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. IKEA owns
and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings — as
opposed to a solar lease or PPA (power purchase agreement) — and this
Orlando installation represents the 18th completed solar
energy project for IKEA in the United States, with 21 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 Orlando 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.

“We at IKEA believe in the never-ending job of striving to improve the
sustainability of our day-to-day business,” said Julie Mott, IKEA
Orlando store manager. “The IKEA coworkers in Orlando are excited to
help contribute to this goal with our newly operational solar energy
system. We appreciate the support of the City of Orlando, Progress
Energy 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 22 acres along Conroy Road at Millenia off I-4, the
309,000-square-foot IKEA Orlando store opened in November 2007. In
addition to 10,000 exclusively designed items, this IKEA store presents
48 different room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised
children’s play area, and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish
specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as
well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a
‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, preferred
parking and play areas throughout the store.

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, go to IKEA-USA.com.


        Kendra Ferguson, 407-355-3188, x1336

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