Gallery: IKEA Flips the Switch on a 65,000 Square Foot Solar Array in S...


Furniture giant, IKEA, just switched on a 573-kW solar power system, which covers 65,000 square feet of space at their Sacramento, California store. The array is made up of approximately 2,548 panels and will help to cut 630 tons of carbon dioxide per year from the atmosphere. The solar array is the eighth solar power project that IKEA has finished in the US, and they still have plans to build twelve more — four more in California and eight on the East Coast.

“We at IKEA believe in the never-ending job of striving to improve the sustainability of our day-to-day business,” said Heine Roikjer, IKEA West Sacramento store manager. He added, “The IKEA coworkers in West Sacramento are excited to help contribute to this goal with our newly operational solar energy system.” The new solar array will provide 795,500 kWh of clean solar energy annually, and is equivalent to removing 109 cars from the road or powering 69 homes for a year.

IKEA has been hip to the green energy movement, and they were the first US retailer to ban incandescent light bulbs. They also manufacture solar powered lighting — like this lamp — and have built their own wind farm, which currently power 17 Swedish stores.

It seems this retailer isn’t just hopping on the green wagon for show, they’re putting their money where their mouth is and bumping up their green cred with real-world clean energy solutions.

Via Brighter Energy


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  1. drksilenc July 4, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    @ stubenville to use anything other than them is ither a massive expense and would double the cost of said item. or they would have to make it alot bigger because the lower cost cfl bulbs are much larger and also require a ballast.
    Certainly if you are that worried about it when u buy the lamp you buy a new led bulb that is in average 100$ or more per bulb

  2. ferkan July 4, 2011 at 4:41 am

    If only their furniture was eco-friendly (lasting more than a few years / moves).

  3. zb2 July 4, 2011 at 3:10 am

    That’s a lot of flat-packs…

  4. Stubenville July 3, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    FYI; halogen lamps are incandescent. Ikea both uses them in their showrooms and sells a variety of light fixtures with them.

  5. adm12 June 30, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Answer: The eco-weasel manages to flourish no matter how low the array

  6. caeman June 29, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Question: That array looks to be right on the ground. What effect, if any, does this have on the local animal population and their normal movements, hunting and migration patterns?

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