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Solar In Your Community – IKEA Atlanta, GA

Posted on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 at 4:16 pm by Solar Energy USA
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IKEA, the world’s biggest furniture seller and leading provider of ready-to-assemble home and office decor, is taking sustainability to a whole new level.

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According to a July 2013 GreenBiz.com article, the company now has solar on 39 of its 44 U.S. facilities, totaling close to 38 megawatts of generation.

The Atlanta IKEA store is powered by solar – lots and lots of solar panels. Installed in July of 2012, over 4,000 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels help the Atlanta IKEA store generate clean, renewable energy each day. The 1,034.9 kW PV system spans over 129,400 square feet and covers much of the roof at the IKEA facility near Atlantic Station.

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Solar Energy USA had the pleasure of talking renewable energy and corporate sustainability while touring IKEA’s massive solar roof in mid-September of 2013 (click here to see more photos on the Solar Energy USA Facebook page).

According to Deidra Cunningham, head of Public Relations at the Atlanta IKEA location, “The solar energy system was installed over a 3 week period. In an average year it will produce the equivalent energy of powering 122 homes and reducing 977 tons of CO2, which is the same as removing the emissions of 192 cars from the road.”

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It’s no wonder IKEA ranked in the top 10 on a recent Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) report of top commercial solar customer. According to the IKEA Group Sustainability Strategy for 2020, IKEA currently has 137 wind farms in six countries, 300,000 solar panels, and 50 geothermal systems in its stores and warehouses. And, as a commitment to resource and energy independence, IKEA is pledging that “by the end of fiscal year 2020, the IKEA Group will produce as much renewable energy as we consume in our operations.”

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What’s next for the Atlanta location? A ribbon-cutting ceremony is in the works to unveil 4 new electric vehicle charging stations that are being installed in the parking lot.

“Working with IKEA has been eye opening in terms of sustainability,” Cunningham added. Given all of the information that was learned on the Atlanta IKEA solar roof tour, it is certainly easy to see why.

Interested in solar for your home or business? Contact us to schedule a free energy consultation. Solar Energy USA is proud to be the largest residential solar provider in Georgia with offices across the nation.

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