IKEA plugs in seventh solar-energy system

IKEA officially plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its store in East Palo Alto, Calif.  

The 38,000-square-foot array consists of a 302-kW system, built with approximately 1,344 panels.  IKEA East Palo Alto’s program will produce approximately 427,900 kWh of clean electricity annually – the equivalent of eliminating the emissions of 58 cars, the company said.

This initiative by IKEA will contribute to the local utility’s renewable portfolio goals and will lower the carbon intensity of the electrical grid.  The East Palo Alto effort represents the seventh solar energy project for IKEA in the United States.  Systems already are operational in:  Brooklyn, N.Y; Burbank, Calif.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Tejon, Calif.; and Tempe, Ariz., with both a solar energy system and a geothermal system operational at the Denver-area store opening this July in Centennial, Colo. Also, there currently are plans underway to install systems at five other IKEA locations in California as well as eight more in the Eastern U.S.