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Costa Mesa IKEA goes green

The 308,000-square-foot store plugs in a new solar energy system.

BY KARLY BARKERPublished: August 03, 2011 01:25 PM

IKEA plugged in its new solar energy system this morning at its Orange County store in Costa Mesa. The solar system sits on top of the 308,000-square-foot store and consists of nearly 1,100 solar panels, which will produce over 350,000 kWh of clean electricity annually, according to IKEA. The company says the energy is the equivalent of eliminating the emissions of 49 cars or powering 31 homes a year.

IKEA hopes the panels will lower the carbon intensity of the electrical grid in the area. The company says this system is a continuation of IKEA’s corporate goal to do good business while striving to minimize impacts on the environment. The Costa Mesa project is IKEA’s ninth solar energy structure in the U.S. and the company says it plans to install three more similar systems in California.
“The installation of solar panels at IKEA Costa Mesa is another way we can build upon our ongoing commitment to sustainability,” said Don Collins, store manager. “At IKEA, we believe in being a good business while doing good business and investing in renewable energy accomplishes both of those goals. We appreciate the support from the City of Costa Mesa, Southern California Edison, and Gloria Solar, our partners in this project.”

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