IKEA USA STORE TO GO SOLAR WITH 250 KILOWATT ROOFTOP SYSTEM USING 1,200 PANELS

Calif. Ikea store to go to solar power


COSTA MESA, Calif. (UPI) — Home furnishings giant Ikea says it will light one of its Southern California stores using solar panels if the city of Costa Mesa, Calif., approves.

Khanh Nguyen, a Costa Mesa building official , said the Swedish chain applied last week for a permit with the city to install solar panels on the roof of its South Coast Drive store, the Costa Mesa Daily Pilot reported.

The 1,120 panels the store says it will need to install are expected to generate 250 kilowatts, enough to light up 2,500 regular light bulbs, said Nguyen.

The company will be installing the panels at seven of its eight stores in California and at one warehouse, Ikea spokesman Joseph Roth said.

“We’ve been following solar energy technology as it’s been advancing, and now we concluded that it’s definitely feasible for us to efficiently and effectively implement the solar-energy programs at certain stores,” he said.

“It’s a very significant investment,” Roth said. “But we have concluded that it’s definitely very cost-effective for us from a financial standpoint and it reinforces our commitment to the environment.”

Once approved, Ikea’s solar panels will be Costa Mesa’s largest commercial photovoltaic rooftop power generation system, Nguyen said.

“The city has always been on the green side,” Nguyen said. “We want residents to save energy. We want residents to use renewable energy as much as possible. It’s clean energy.”

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