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April 2014 - IKEA, a retailer of home furnishing products, is making its first investment in a wind farm in the United States with the purchase of Hoopeston Wind in Hoopeston, Illinois. To date, the 98-megawatt (MW) wind farm is the largest single IKEA renewable energy investment internationally and is expected to generate up to 380 GWh of renewable energy each year. This investment is expected to make a substantive contribution to the company’s goal to generate 100% as much renewable energy as the total energy it consumes by 2020. The wind farm is being constructed by Apex Clean Energy, an independent renewable energy company, and is expected to be operational by the first half of 2015.

Press Release - IKEA Makes First Wind Farm Investment in the United States

April 2013 - A 2.7-megawatt (MW) solar array has been installed atop IKEA's distribution center in Perryville, Maryland, bringing the company's total generating capacity to 38 megawatts (MW) and marking IKEAs thirty-sixth completed solar project. The new array is expected to generate 3.4 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year. In the U.S. alone, the company has installed solar on 90 percent of its thirty-eight U.S. locations. IKEA owns and operates all of its solar systems and has allocated $1.8 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015 to help the company reach its 2020 goal of energy independence.

Press Release - IKEA Completes Maryland's Largest Rooftop Solar Array Atop Distribution Center In Perryville, MD

September 2012 - The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Vote Solar Initiative have released a report ranking the top U.S. commercial solar customers by total installed solar capacity in megawatts (MW). In addition to aggregate solar capacity, the report provides information on the number of installations and the number of states in which solar systems are currently operating for each company. The top five U.S. commercial solar customers are Walmart (65 MW), Costco (38.9 MW), Kohl's (36.5 MW), Ikea (21.5 MW), and Macy's (16.1 MW). In addition, General Motors was the top American car company on the list, coming in at number 13 overall, with 5.6 MW from 13 solar systems.

Some commercial customers purchase solar renewable energy certificates (SREC) to meet electrical demand with renewable generation sources, but such transactions are not considered as part of this report's company rankings. Additionally, in the case of the companies discussed in this report, some sell the SRECs generated by the company's solar system to utilities or other buyers, and even those customers who sell the system's SRECs were considered for the purposes of this report's rankings.

News Article - Solar Means Business: Top Commercial Solar Customers in the U.S.

July 2012 - IKEA has plugged in four rooftop solar arrays on its retail locations in four different states: Florida, Michigan, Texas and Virginia. Two of the operational solar systems — in Michigan and Virginia — are the largest solar arrays in each system's respective state.

The solar system located on the retail chain's Canton, Michigan location consists of 977.6 kilowatts (kW) of solar capacity and will produce roughly 1.1 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity annually. The solar system installed on IKEA's Woodbridge, Virginia location consists of 504 kW of solar capacity that will produce approximately 636,199 kWh of electricity annually. The solar system on the Tampa, Florida store consists of 1,189 kW of solar capacity, and the Houston, Texas store now possesses an 813 kW solar array.

In total, IKEA operates twenty-two solar power systems at its U.S. retail locations and has seventeen more solar systems in development. When completed, the company will have installed 38 megawatts of solar capacity.

News Release - Virginia's Largest Solar Array Now Plugged-in Atop IKEA Store

March 2012 - IKEA has installed a 1,196 kilowatt solar system that is expected to generate nearly 1.6 million kilowatt-hours of renewable electricity each year in College Park, Maryland. The College Park installation is the 15th completed solar energy project for IKEA in the U.S., with 22 additional solar projects underway. IKEA contracted with REC Solar for design and installation of the College Park system. This latest solar system contributes to IKEA's goal of increasing its total U.S. solar generation to 30.8 megawatts.

IKEA's renewable energy progress was further detailed with the release of the company's 2011 Sustainability Report, which highlighted the company's green power efforts. From September 2010 to August 2011 IKEA allocated about $670 million to be invested in renewable energy projects over the next 1.5 years. The report also highlighted the completion of a geothermal energy project at the company's Denver, Colorado store.

News Release - IKEA Powers-up Solar Energy Panels at College Park, MD Store

Additional Information - IKEA Marches Toward 100% Renewable Energy

Contact: Sharon Black, 301-446-6411

January 2012 - IKEA officially turned on a photovoltaic (PV) installation located at its Cincinnati-area store in Westchester, Ohio. IKEA partnered with REC Solar to develop and install the 128,000 square-foot, 1,026 kilowatt system, which consists of 4,186 PV panels that will generate over 1.3 million kilowatt-hours of renewable solar electricity for its Westchester store.

The Westchester installation is IKEA's 14th completed solar energy project in the U.S. With 23 additional solar projects underway, it is anticipated that IKEA's U.S. solar generation capacity will eventually exceed 30 megawatts. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar energy systems.

News Release - Cincinnati-Area IKEA Powers Up Solar Energy System

Additional Information - IKEA Powers-up Solar Energy System at Cincinnati-Area Store

Contact: Katalena Mason, 513-779-9175 ext. 1336

September 2010 - IKEA, an international home furnishings retailer, broke ground on its future Denver-area store in Centennial, Colorado. The 415,000-square-foot building is scheduled to open in autumn 2011 as the first of its U.S. stores to incorporate a geothermal component as part of its heating/cooling system.

The retailer is having 130 bore holes, up to 500 feet deep, drilled under what will be the parking garage. A fluid will be circulated through pipes in the bore holes by a heat pump. The pump carries up the constant underground 55-degree temperatures to cool the facility in the summer and cut heating costs in the winter.

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), geothermal systems can cut electricity bills 25 percent to 50 percent. In addition, IKEA has agreed to let NREL monitor the performance of its system as part of an effort to develop a database that will contain cost and performance data for multiple geothermal projects.

News Release - Swedish Retailer IKEA Breaks Ground in Centennial, CO

News Article - Ikea's cool new digs in Colorado to feature geothermal system

Contact: Joseph Roth, 610-834-0180 x6500


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