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

July 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

TAMPA, Fla., Jul 12, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) –
IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today officially
plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its store in Tampa,
Florida. The 148,700-square-foot PV array consists of a 1,189-kW system,
built with 4,956 panels. IKEA Tampa’s program will produce approximately
1,792,300 kWh of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing
1,362 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), eliminating the emissions
of 242 cars or powering 154 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
Tampa installation represents the 22nd completed solar energy
project 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 Tampa 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.

“The installation of solar panels at IKEA Tampa is another way we can
build upon our ongoing commitment to sustainability,” said Monica
Varela, IKEA Tampa store manager. “At IKEA, we believe in being a good
business while doing good business and investing in renewable energy
accomplishes both of those goals. We appreciate the support of the City
of Tampa, TECO, 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 29 acres along Adamo Drive at 22nd Street and the
Crosstown Expressway, and adjacent to the Ybor City historic business
district off I-4, the 353,000-square-foot IKEA Tampa store opened in May
2009. 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.


        For IKEA 
        Kathi Garden, 813-623-4042, x1336

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