Commercial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables - November 14, 2018
Newest IKEA to feature rooftop solar and EV charging
IKEA announced on Nov. 13 that its future San Antonio-area store will be equipped with solar panels and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations when it opens during the winter of 2019 in Live Oak, Texas.
The latest IKEA store will feature a 245,000-square-foot solar array, consisting of a 1.72 MW system, built with 4,986 panels, and produce approximately 2.5 million kWh of electricity annually for the store. A statement from the company noted this is the equivalent of reducing 1,86 metric tons of CO2 – equal to the emissions of 400 cars or providing electricity for 280 homes yearly. REC Solar will develop, design, and install the new solar system.
This installation is IKEA’s 55th solar project in the U.S. The company now has a solar presence atop nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, with a total generation of more than 56 MW. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems and globally has allocated $2.5 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2020.
In addition, the store will have three Blink® electric vehicle charging stations as part of a continuing partnership between IKEA and Car Charging Group, Inc., the owner of the Blink Network and Blink EV charging stations. There are currently Blink EV charging units at 34 IKEA stores in the U.S.
“We are excited to further our sustainability commitment with the installation of solar panels and electric vehicle charging stations at the future Live Oak store,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. “At IKEA, we have a mission to create a better everyday life for the many, and IKEA Live Oak can add to this goal by installing the second-largest solar rooftop array in the San Antonio area.”
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