Published on Wednesday, Aug 17 2011 by David Sanderson
Furniture retailer IKEA has announced that it is to install solar panels on the rooftops of its stores in a step towards deriving all of its energy from eco sources.
The store plans to install 39,000 solar panels on 10 of its UK branches, at a cost of £4 million - putting it well on track to reach its target of using 100 per cent renewable energy.
The solar panels - which make up part of the firm’s global ‘IKEA Goes Renewable’ project, should help IKEA to achieve 80 per cent of its renewable energy targets by 2015.
The panels will cover 31,000m2 of roof space and will generate around 1,600,000kWh of energy each year. The panels are tipped to lower IKEA’s CO2 consumption in the UK by around 662 tonnes a year during the first 25 years.
Steve Howard, IKEA's chief sustainability officer, told International Supermarket News, “We aim for all IKEA UK buildings to be fitted with solar panels in the long-term.
"As well as reducing our impact on the environment, these initiatives come with a strong financial incentive as consuming less energy means we spend less money, which helps us lower the prices on our products," he added.
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