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31 Jan 2013
- Published on Thursday, 31 January 2013 08:32
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Home furnishings company Ikea is now a solar power giant in Florida.
The retailer officially plugged-in a 1,057-kilowatt solar energy system at their store in the city of Sunrise, the largest solar installation in South Florida.
When combined with existing solar projects in stores in Orlando and Tampa, the Sunrise project also makes Ikea the state’s largest non-utility solar owner.
The Sunrise project will produce approximately 1,554,600 kilowatt hours of clean electricity per year, which is equivalent to reducing 1,181 tons of carbon emissions.
The Sunrise installation is the 35th completed solar project for Ikea in the United States. The company is close to establishing a 90 percent solar presence in their U.S. locations for a total generation of 38 megawatts.
The system was developed, designed and installed by REC Solar, Inc. Ikea will own and operate the system with the power generation going to their operations.
Ikea has set a goal to be energy independent by 2020 and, to this end, has allocated $1.8 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015. To date, it has installed more than 250,000 solar panels and 110 wind turbines at their facilities all over the world to provide power on site. – EcoSeed Staff