IKEA in Contract for More Wind Farm Energy

IKEA is once again turning to alternative energy production with a new agreement to use wind powered energy from a wind farm in Alberta, Canada.

The wind farm consists of 20 Siemens 2.3MW turbines. Apex Clean Energy will provide both remote asset management and on-site facility management for Oldman 2, the name of the wind farm.

This is just one of a string of energy efficiency initiatives the Swedish retailer has taken on recently. In June, the company announced it would install a massive solar array atop its new Burbank, California, store. The store’s 71,000-square-foot solar array consists of a 646 kW system, built with 1,872 panels, and will produce approximately 1,033,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store, which will help save 726 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

In March, the company announced that a 1.21-MW solar array, built with 3,546 panels, had been completed atop its Columbus store, which will opens this summer. The retailer claims that the system will be among the largest solar rooftops in Ohio, just as is the Cincinnati-area one.

Also in March, IKEA announced it had added fuel cell technology to a store in Connecticut and expects it to deliver about 50% of the power needed for the store to operate. Though the retailer already operates fuel cell systems at five of its California stores, the new installation at its New Haven, Conn., facility represents the first on the east coast

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