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IKEA Can’t Stop — Installing Solar on 10 More US Locations


IKEA will have solar on all of its Southern US locations and 75% of its US locations once 10 newly announced projects are finished, the company recently announced.

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Once governmental permits are acquired, installation of these solar projects can begin as early as this winter, and the projects are expected to be completed by Summer 2012.

“Collectively, the nine stores and one distribution center will total 10.7 Megawatts (MW) of solar generating capacity, nearly 45,360 panels, and a projected annual electricity output of 15,248,334 kilowatt hours (kWh),” the news release notes.

With 12 solar power systems up on US facilities already, and 11 more underway, these 10 new installations will bring solar to a total of 75% of the company’s US locations, totalling 26.8 MW of capacity. If only more companies were like IKEA!

Here’s more info on the 10 projects just announced:

  • Atlanta, GA – opened in 2005; store size: 366,000 SF on 15 acres

SOLAR PROGRAM: 129,800 SF at 1,038 kW; 4,326 panels generating 1,421,300 kWh/year

Equivalent to reducing 1,080 tons of CO2, 192 cars’ emissions or powering 122 homes

  • Charlotte, NC – opened in 2009; store size: 356,000 SF on 25 acres

SOLAR PROGRAM: 126,500 SF at 1,011 kW; 4,214 panels generating 1,330,000 kWh/year

Equivalent to reducing 1,011 tons of CO2, 180 cars’ emissions or powering 114 homes

  • Frisco, TX – opened in 2005; store size: 310,000 SF on 28 acres

SOLAR PROGRAM: 114,000 SF at 912 kW; 3,879 panels generating 1,336,300 kWh/year

Equivalent to reducing 1,016 tons of CO2, 181 cars’ emissions or powering 115 homes

  • Houston, TX – opened: 1992; new store built: 2004; size: 300,000 SF on 15.6 acres

SOLAR PROGRAM: 116,400 SF at 931 kW; 3,962 panels generating 1,317,500 kWh/year

Equivalent to reducing 1,001 tons of CO2, 178 cars’ emissions or powering 113 homes

  • Orlando, FL – opened in 2007; size: 309,000 SF on 22 acres

SOLAR PROGRAM: 120,900 SF at 967 kW; 4,115 panels generating 1,421,500 kWh/year

Equivalent to reducing 1,080 tons of CO2, 192 cars’ emissions or powering 122 homes

  • Round Rock, TX – opened in 2006; store size: expanding to 306,000 SF on 22 acres

SOLAR PROGRAM: 203,700 SF at 1,629 kW; 6,932 panels generating 2,398,000 kWh/year

Equivalent to reducing 1,822 tons of CO2, 324 cars’ emissions or powering 206 homes

  • Sunrise, FL – opened in 2007; size: 293,000 SF on 20 acres

SOLAR PROGRAM: 132,100 SF at 1,056 kW; 4,494 panels generating 1,554,600 kWh/year

Equivalent to reducing 1,181 tons of CO2, 210 cars’ emissions or powering 134 homes

  • Tampa, FL – opened in 2009; store size: 353,000 SF on 29 acres

SOLAR PROGRAM: 148,700 SF at 1,189 kW; 5,061 panels generating 1,792,300 kWh/year

Equivalent to reducing 1,362 tons of CO2, 242 cars’ emissions or powering 154 homes

  • Woodbridge, VA – opened in 2001; 325,000 SF on 11.5 acres

SOLAR PROGRAM: 63,900 SF at 511 kW; 2,128 panels generating 644,500 kWh/year

Equivalent to reducing 490 tons of CO2, 87 cars’ emissions or powering 55 homes

  • Savannah, GA Distribution Center – opened in 2007; size: 750,000 SF on 115 acres

SOLAR PROGRAM: 187,500 SF at 1,500 kW; 6,250 panels generating 2,029,500 kWh/year

Equivalent to reducing 1,542 tons of CO2, 274 cars’ emissions or powering 175 homes

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