BLOOMINGTON, Minn.–(www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html).)–IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today officially plugged-in the solar panels installed at its Twin Cities store in Bloomington, Minnesota – the state’s largest such photovoltaic array. The 142,000-square-foot PV array consists of a 1,014-kW system, built with 4,316 panels. IKEA Bloomington’s program will produce approximately 1,161,328 kWh of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 801 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), eliminating the emissions of 157 cars or powering 100 homes yearly (calculating clean energy equivalents at
“The Twin Cities coworkers are excited to contribute to this goal with our newly operational solar panels. We appreciate the support of the City of Bloomington, Xcel Energy and SoCore Energy, our partners in this project.”
This installation represents the 31st completed solar project for IKEA in the U.S., with eight locations underway, making the eventual U.S. solar presence of IKEA nearly 89% of its U.S. locations with a total generation of 38 MW. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or PPA (power purchase agreement) – and globally has allocated €590 million to invest in renewable energy, focusing on solar and wind during the coming three years. This investment reinforces the long-term commitment of IKEA to sustainability and confidence in photovoltaic (PV) technology. More than 250,000 solar panels have been installed on IKEA stores and buildings across the world. The company also owns and/or operates approximately 110 wind turbines in Europe.
For the development, design and installation of the Bloomington store’s customized solar power system, IKEA contracted with SoCore Energy, one of the largest commercial solar developers in the Midwest and developer of more than 65 U.S. commercial PV installations.