CONSHOHOCKEN, Penn.–IKEA will grow its U.S. solar presence by 75 percent through its plan to install solar energy panels on 10 additional locations, its entire presence in the southern U.S. Pending governmental permits, installation will begin this winter, with completion expected next summer.
Collectively, the nine stores and one distribution center will total 10.7 megawatts of solar-generating capacity from nearly 45,360 panels. The retailer will own and operate each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings at its three Texas stores (in Frisco, Houston and Round Rock), three Florida stores (in Orlando, Sunrise and Tampa), three other stores (Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., and Woodbridge, Va.), and its distribution center in Savannah, Ga.
IKEA currently has 12 U.S. solar energy systems operational with 11 more underway.
“IKEA believes we can be a good business while doing good business,” said Mike Ward, IKEA U.S. president. “This investment extends our solar presence to the southern U.S., further reducing our carbon footprint and the intensity of the electrical grid.”