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Feb. 15, 2013: With New Florida Store System, IKEA Becomes State’s Largest Non-Utility Solar Owner

February 15, 2013
SUNRISE, Fla. — IKEA announced that it has officially plugged in the solar energy system installed at its store in Sunrise, Fla., which will be the largest solar installation in south Florida and, when combined with IKEA projects already completed at stores in Orlando and Tampa, will make IKEA the state’s largest non-utility solar owner.

The 101,774-square-foot solar PV array at the Sunrise store is a 1,057-kW system, built with 4,368 panels. IKEA Sunrise’s store will produce approximately 1,554,600 kWh of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 1,181 tons of carbon dioxide.

This installation represents the 35th completed solar project for IKEA in the U.S., with four more locations underway, making the eventual U.S. solar presence of IKEA nearly 90 percent of its U.S. locations with a total generation of 38 MW. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings — as opposed to a solar lease or power purchase agreement (PPA) — and globally has allocated $1.8 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015. 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 Sunrise store’s customized solar power system, IKEA contracted with REC Solar Inc., a national solar electric system designer and installer with more than 9,000 systems built across the U.S.

“IKEA Sunrise now has added to the IKEA mission of creating a better everyday life for the many people,” said Peter Steinweg, store manager. “This solar array will reduce our carbon footprint and represents another investment by us in this community. We appreciate the support of the city of Sunrise, Florida P&L, and REC Solar Inc. our partners in this project.”

For more information, visit IKEA-USA.com.

Publication date: 2/11/2013

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