As of June 4, 2013, IKEA has officially plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its store in Charlotte, North Carolina. IKEA is the world’s leading home furnishings retailer and incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiative that benefit children and the environment. This 122,000-square-foot PV array consists of a 1,015-kW system, built with 4,228 panels. IKEA Charlotte’s program will produce approximately 1,330,000 kWh of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 938 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), eliminating the emissions of 195 cars or powering 140 homes yearly. After the installation of this project, the total US solar presence of IKEA is nearly 90% of its locations (39 of 44 buildings), with a total generation goal of 38 MW. This investment reinforces the long-term commitment of IKEA to sustainability and confidence in photovoltaic (PV) technology. Consistent with the company’s goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 250,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns/operates approximately 110 wind turbines in Europe. For the development, design and installation of the Charlotte store’s customized solar power system, IKEA contracted with Gehrlicher Solar America Corp., part of Gehrlicher AG, one of the world’s ten largest independent PV project developers and system integrators. IKEA works to integrate sustainable business efforts, specifically in the U.S. including: recycling waste material, skylights in warehouse areas, water-conserving restrooms, and they have also installed electric vehicle charging stations at nine stores in the Western United States.
Source: News Release- IKEA Powers-Up Solar Panels Atop Charlotte, NC Store- Its 39th Such Project, and Reaches Goal Of Solar On 90% Of U.S. Presence, June 4, 2013