IKEA Plugs In Solar Projects at Three Philadelphia-Area Facilities

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor Hot on the heels of Community Energy Solar’s groundbreaking for the green energy project in Lancaster, Swedish company IKEA, one of the world’s leading home furnishings retailers, inaugurated solar energy systems installed at two of the company’s Pennsylvania stores in Conshohocken and South Philadelphia, as well as on top of [...]

Hot on the heels of Community Energy Solar’s groundbreaking for the green energy project in Lancaster, Swedish company IKEA, one of the world’s leading home furnishings retailers, inaugurated solar energy systems installed at two of the company’s Pennsylvania stores in Conshohocken and South Philadelphia, as well as on top of its U.S. Service Office also located in Conshohocken. 

With the recently completed solar energy projects, IKEA now operates 29 such sustainable facilities across the U.S. IKEA’s solar presence in the U.S. is expected to increase to almost 89 percent (or a total generation of 38 MW) when work at ten more locations is completed.

According to the company’s official statement, each of the solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems atop the facilities is owned and operated by IKEA. The three Philadelphia-area solar projects total 286,300 square feet and were built with 9,198 PV panels which can generate 2,208 kW.

Together, the solar projects will produce nearly 2,654,000 kWh of clean electricity annually, which translates into eliminating the emissions of 359 cars or providing energy for 228 households annually.

Individually, IKEA’s Philadelhia-area solar projects feature the following characteristics:

-          Conshohocken, PA (store) – opened in 2003, on 23 acres; the solar program includes 4,760 PV panels generating 1,366,310 kWh/year

-          Conshohocken, PA (U.S. Office) – opened in 2006, on seven acres; the solar program includes 238 PV panels generating 66,980 kWh/year

-          South Philadelphia, PA (store) – opened in 2004, on 20 acres; the solar program includes 4,200 PV panels generating 1,220,700 kWh/year

Image courtesy of www.ikeafans.com