IKEA has done it again. The Swedish-based home furnishings store has plugged in yet another solar power installation, this one in Emeryville, Calif., right across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco. This marks IKEA’s 11th completed solar project in the United States, according to the company.
The 68,000-square-foot photovoltaic (PV) array can generate up to 538-kilowatt (kW) of power using nearly 2,400 panels. IKEA said the Emeryville’s installation will produce about 760,300 kilowatts-hours (kWh) of clean electricity annually, the same amount of power it takes to run 64 homes. That avoids 578 tons of carbon dioxide going into the atmosphere – equivalent to eliminating 103 cars.
IKEA contracted with Gloria Solar to develop, design and install the Emeryville system, the retailers third in the 70,000-square-mile service area of PG&E, the utility that provides natural gas and electric service to approximately 15 million people throughout northern and central California.
IKEA is working on installing solar at one more of its stores in California, along with eight more stores in the eastern part of the country.