CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2014-7-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today officially plugged-in an expansion of the solar array completed last April atop its Perryville, Maryland distribution center, the state’s largest such solar energy system.
Installation of the new panels began Fall 2013, and since then have nearly doubled the size of the original project, which already was the state’s largest rooftop array.
The 467,618-square-foot solar addition consists of a 2.2-MW system, built with 7,337modules, and will produce 2,695,355 kWh of electricity annually. Including the existingsystem, this distribution center’s total 4.9-MW solar installation of 25,913 panels now willgenerate 6,092,533 kWh of clean electricity yearly, the equivalent of reducing 4,299 tons ofcarbon dioxide (CO2), eliminating the emissions of 896 cars or powering 591 homes (calculatingclean energy equivalents at www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html).
energy equivalents at www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html).For the development, design and installation of the Perryville distribution center’s originaland expanded solar power system, IKEA contracted with Inovateus Solar LLC, an industryleadingsolar power distributor and integrator specializing in large-scale solar installations.
Last year, IKEA achieved its goal of completing solar installations atop nearly 90 percentof its U.S. buildings (39 out of 44 locations), with a generation goal of 38 MW. IKEA owns andoperates each of its solar PV energy systems – as opposed to a solar lease or PPA (powerpurchase agreement) – and globally has allocated $1.8 billion to invest in renewable energythrough 2015. This investment reinforces the company’s long-term commitment tosustainability and confidence in photovoltaic (PV) technology. Consistent with the goal of beingenergy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 550,000 solar panels on buildingsacross the world and owns/operates approximately 157 wind turbines in Europe and Canada.
“We are fortunate to have the roof spaces and corporate commitment to nearly doublethe energy being generated by this facility,” said Steffen Daab, distribution center manager.“We are proud to make this investment and to grow our local sustainable footprint.”
IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, believes it can be a goodbusiness while doing good business and aims to minimize impacts on the environment. IKEAevaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials intoproduct design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficientdistribution. U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating keymeasures into buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled constructionmaterials, warehouse skylights, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminatingplastic bags from the check-out process, phasing-out the sale of incandescent light bulbs,facilitating recycling compact fluorescent bulbs, and by 2016 selling only LED bulbs. IKEA U.S.has solar arrays atop 90% of its locations, has announced plans to purchase 49 wind turbinesin Illinois, and has rolled-out EV charging stations at 13 stores.
Constructed on 278 acres in the community of Perryville, in Northern Maryland’s CecilCounty, this 1.7 million-square-foot IKEA distribution center began operations in 2002,employs approximately 550 coworkers, and currently helps provide inventory to many U.S.IKEA stores. This amount of solar power will allow the facility to mostly use its own energy.
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good designand function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently morethan 350 IKEA stores in 44 countries, including 38 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainabilityinto day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment.For more information, see IKEA-USA.com, @DesignByIKEA or IKEAUSA on facebook,youtube.com/IKEAUSA, instagram.com and pinterest.
Contact: Joseph Roth, U.S. Public Affairs
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