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This solar installation has 3,268 solar panels that cover more than 22,000 square meters, and produce approximately the equivalent of 886 tons of CO2, the annual emissions of 187 cars or the electricity used by 131 average homes.
This new store will replace the current Renton store and will open this spring.
IKEA currently has rooftop solar panels in nearly 90% of its 43 US stores, many of which are the largest solar installations in their respective states. The company is committed to being self-sufficient, energetically speaking, by 2020, through wind and solar generation.
Worldwide, Ikea has more than 370 stores in 48 countries, mainly concentrated in Europe, East Asia and the United States. According to Ikea's director of sustainability Steve Howard, its stores in Northern Europe are already producing more energy than they consume. His prediction is that the same thing will happen soon in the United States.
Businesses play a vital role in advancing renewable energy, business innovation and their investment make the clean energy sector grow at a faster rate. The Ikea case is a clear example.
REC Solar Inc., one of the world's largest suppliers of solar panels, has collaborated with Ikea on a number of projects throughout the world, including five new installations in Spain, with a total of 38,000 solar panels installed.
We won't know for sure if the new Ikea store in Renton will generate enough electricity to be self-sufficient until it opens in the spring.