Ikea to buy Illinois wind farm; hopes to fulfill chain’s entire US energy needs

April 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Green Energy News


A customer pushes purchased items outside of an Ikea store.

Swedish retailer Ikea plans to buy an under-construction wind farm south of Chicago that it hopes will provide all the electricity it needs for its United States operations, plus some.

According to a report by the Associated Press,  the project known as Hoopeston Wind, about 115 miles south of the city, is being built by Apex Clean Energy, of Charlottesville, VA. Once completed, it could generate 165 percent of Ikea’s electricity needs in this country, the report said. Ikea declined to tell the AP how much it is paying for the wind farm. After the purchase, Apex will continue to operate it, with five employees, the report added.

In addition to those five permanent jobs, the Chicago Tribune reported,  the project building of 49 wind turbines is expected to lead to 36 construction jobs. This move is part of a larger initiative from Ikea to shift toward renewable energy sources; it is also spending tens of millions of dollars on solar projects, after which it expects to become the second-largest solar owner and user in the US, the Tribune said.

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