IKEA (Delft, The Netherlands) has commissioned three more solar photovoltaic (PV) plants totaling 3.0 megawatt (MW) at its stores in the U.S. states of Illinois and Utah, bringing the company to a total of 26 operational PV plants at its U.S. stores.
The company notes that installation of PV plants is underway at 13 more of its stores, which will bring the company to a total of 38 MW of PV at 39 locations.
“This solar installation is another example of how IKEA can build on our ongoing commitment to sustainability,” said Christof Stein, store manager of its Bolingbrook location.
SoCore Energy, REC develop, build plants
SoCore Energy LLC (Chicago, Illinois, U.S.) supplied development, design and installation services for the two PV plants at its Illinois stores in Bolingbrook and Schaumburg, both in the Chicago metro area. REC Solar Inc. (San Luis Obispo, California, U.S.) developed, designed and built the plant on its store in Draper, Utah.
Total of 8,500 SolarWorld modules used
The two Illinois PV plants incorporate a total of 8,463 SolarWorld crystalline silicon PV modules, with 4,784 modules at the Bolingbrook store PV plant and 3,692 modules at the Schaumburg store.
IKEA owns all of the PV plants that it installs at its stores, and the store in Draper, Utah is the largest private commercial PV plant in the state at 1.01 MW.
IKEA has launched its ambitious solar program as part of its sustainability efforts, which include working with forest conservation efforts, recycling, and incorporating energy efficiency measures into the design of its stores.