Jacksonville, FL (June 5, 2017) If you have not been by the new IKEA location lately, the progress in construction has the blue panels installed, some of the parking lot paved and soon to begin will come the inside construction of walls to divide up the store giving it the feel that inventory of those IKEA products are soon to come.
On June 5th thru a Press Release, IKEA announced that the Jacksonville location will become the 5th Florida store to install solar panels atop its store. The solar panel array will consist of a 1.89 MW system, built with 5,472 panels, and will produce approximately 2,753,070 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 2,133 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – equal to the emissions of 409 cars or providing electricity for 204 homes yearly (calculating clean energy equivalents at www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator ).
Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president stated in the release “We are excited about furthering our sustainability commitment and contributing to a low-carbon society with solar atop our future Jacksonville store”. Continuing, “We have a mission to create a better everyday life for the many, and IKEA Jacksonville can add to this goal and keep us Florida’s largest non-utility private solar owner.”
This installation will represent the 49th solar project for IKEA in the United States, contributing to the IKEA solar presence atop nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, with a total generation of more than 42 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 $2.5 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2020, reinforcing its confidence and investment in solar photovoltaic technology. Consistent with the goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns approximately 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the U.S.
IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, believes it can do good business while minimizing impacts on the environment. Globally, IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. Specific U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating environmental measures into the actual buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, skylights in warehouse areas, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, and selling only LED bulbs. IKEA has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 15 stores, with more locations planned.
IKEA is currently taking applications for the Jacksonville location. Candidates interested in working at the future IKEA Jacksonville store should be monitoring and applying online at See A Career With Us.
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