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IKEA plugs in solar energy system at Maryland store

29 Mar 2012

Home furnishings giant IKEA has installed a 1,196kW solar energy system at its store in College Park, Maryland.

The photovoltaic (PV) array system will cover 148,200 square feet with 4,984 panels and will hope to produce 1.57 million kWh of clean electricity.

The amount of clean electricity produced is thought to be the equivalent of reducing 1,195 tonnes of carbon dioxide, eliminating the emissions of 213 cars or powering 135 homes annually.

The investment marks a further commitment by IKEA to investing in sustainability and PV technology.

All of the solar PV energy systems are owned and operated by IKEA and this most recent addition to IKEA’s collection represents the 15th completed solar energy project in the US, with a further 22 locations underway, totalling IKEA’s presence in the US to a complete generation of 30.8MW.

Tracie Wiesman, IKEA College Park store manager said, ‘We at IKEA believe in the never-ending job of striving to improve the sustainability of our day-to-day business.

‘The IKEA co-workers in College Park are excited to help contribute to this goal with our newly operational solar energy system. We appreciate the support of the City of College Park, Pepco and REC Solar, our partners in this project.’

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