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Tuesday, June 4, 2013 7:08 pm

Charlotte Ikea gets solar-energy system

By Richard Craver/Winston-Salem Journal

CHARLOTE - Ikea said Tuesday it has completed the installation of a solar-energy system for its Charlotte store.

The system covers 122,000 square feet and consists of a 1,015-kilowatt system built with 4,228 solar panels. It is projected to produce about 1.3 million kilowatts of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 938 tons of carbon dioxide – eliminating the emissions of 195 cars or powering 140 homes yearly.

The Charlotte store, which contains 356,000 square feet, is on a 25-acre site in the University City area at the northeast corner of Interstate 85 and City Boulevard.

With the completion of the Charlotte store, Ikea said 39 of its 44 U.S. buildings use solar power for its energy needs with a total generation goal of 38 megawatts annually. Ikea owns all of the solar systems atop its stores. It has spent $1.8 billion globally on solar energy generation.

Consistent with the company’s goal of being energy independent by 2020, it has installed more than 250,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns/operates 110 wind turbines in Europe.

Source: http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/article_afe019de-cd6b-11e2-9fd3-0019bb30f31a.html

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