Wednesday, April 25, 2012

IKEA Powers-up Solar Energy System’s Panels at Paramus, NJ Store

IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today officially plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its store in Paramus, New Jersey. The 132,000-square-foot PV array consists of a 1,063-kW system, built with 4,620 panels. IKEA Paramus’ program will produce approximately 1,359,100 kWh of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 1,033 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), eliminating the emissions of 184 cars or powering 117 homes yearly (calculating clean energy equivalents at ).

This investment by IKEA reinforces the company’s long-term commitment to sustainability and confidence in photovoltaic (PV) technology. 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 this Paramus installation represents the 17th completed solar energy project for IKEA in the United States, with 20 more locations underway, making the eventual U.S. solar presence of IKEA nearly 85% and a total generation of 30.8 MW.

For the development, design and installation of the Paramus store’s customized solar power system, IKEA contracted with REC Solar, one of the largest U.S. solar electric installers with more than 8,000 systems built nationwide.

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