IKEA will be installing panels at its three stores in Northern California (East Palo Alto, Emeryville and West Sacramento), four stores in southern California (Burbank, Costa Mesa, Covina and San Diego) and at its distribution center in Tejon – one of the top ten largest rooftop commercial systems in the U.S. Specific information about each project is below:
“We are excited about this investment by IKEA in using renewable energy, reducing our carbon footprint, and improving the lives of the many people,” said Mike Ward, IKEA U.S. president. “This approach is consistent with our commitment to sustainable building practices and we are thrilled that our evaluation determined these projects to be feasible for IKEA. We always are open to ideas for incorporating key environmental technologies and look forward to considering other opportunities as they arise.”
IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, strives to be a good business while doing good business and reflects an operating model designed to minimize impacts on the environment. Other sustainable efforts include: integrating innovative materials into the production process; working with Global Forest Watch to maintain sustainable resources; flat-packing our goods for an efficient distribution system; recycling approximately 75 percent of waste (paper, wood, plastic, etc.); and incorporating environmental measures into the construction of our buildings in terms of energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, low volatile organic compound emitting paint, skylights in our warehouse, and water-conserving restrooms.
For the seven stores, IKEA contracted with Gloria Solar – the US Systems Integrator of the E-Ton Solar Group that recently completed a 600 kW program at IKEA Tempe, AZ and currently is constructing the largest US commercial project, a 5MW land mount in Arizona. For the Tejon distribution center – the largest IKEA U.S. building – IKEA contracted with REC Solar for the second largest single-roof commercial system in California. REC Solar is one of the largest U.S. solar installers, with more than 5,000 systems nationwide including 16MW in the retail sector the past two years. Both contracted companies are California-based.
In the United States, IKEA already has: solar energy systems operational in Brooklyn, NY, Pittsburgh, PA and Tempe, AZ; solar water heating systems in Charlotte, NC; Draper, UT; Orlando, FL; and Tampa, FL; and a geothermal system has been incorporated into the store under construction in Centennial, CO.