IKEA’s Solar Effort Marches On In California

Swedish furniture retailer IKEA’s 325,000-square-foot San Gabriel Valley store in Covina, Calif., showcases 50 trademark room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area and a 350-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates. And now, like so many IKEA stores, it also has a solar-power system.

The store recently commissioned a 451-kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic (PV) system. The 57,000-square-foot PV array consists of 2,002 Gloria Solar panels, and will produce around 651,800 killowat-hours of clean electricity annually. This investment is IKEA’s 12th U.S. solar energy project and one of several in California, including those at the Emeryville and San Diego stores, and at its distribution center in Tejon. Installations are also under way at eight more IKEA locations on the East Coast.

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“Our mission is to create a better everyday life for the many people, and at IKEA Covina, we just added to this effort,” said Kristien Verbeke, IKEA Covina store manager. “A solar energy system will help reduce our store’s carbon footprint and represents another investment toward our future in this community. We appreciate the continued support of the City of Covina, Southern California Edison, and Gloria Solar, our partners in this project.”

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has opened more than 320 IKEA stores in 39 countries, including 38 in the United States.

Lauren Craig is a writer and consultant living in Seattle, WA. She holds an M.S. in International Development from Tulane University, and is co-founder of Sustainable Systems Integrators, LLC., an employee-owned solar energy design and installation firm in New Orleans, LA. She is also certified in PV design and installation by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).