powers up solar energy in Tempe, Arizona
With company representatives, local officials
and community leaders on-hand, IKEA, a home furnishings retailer,
officially plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its
store in Tempe, Arizona. The 75,000 square foot array consists
of two 300kW systems, each built with approximately 1,300 panels.
IKEA Tempe’s solar program will produce approximately 1 million
kWh of electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing at least
760 tons of carbon dioxide (C02).
This effort represents the third active solar energy project
for IKEA in the United States. Systems are operational in Brooklyn,
New York and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and plans are underway
for installing programs at eight IKEA locations in California.
Also, a geothermal system has been incorporated into the store
under construction in Centennial, Colorado.
IKEA contracted with Gloria Solar for the development, design
and installation of this customized solar power system. Gloria
Solar is the United States operating group focused on the photovoltaic
system business within the family of E-Ton Solar Group. This
project – the largest commercial installation in SRP’s service
area – is being implemented as part of the EarthWise Solar Energy
program of SRP, the third-largest public power utility in the
country. SRP provides more than 940,000 electric customers in
the Phoenix metropolitan area through a variety of resources
including solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and hydroelectricity.
Other sustainable efforts by IKEA include: integrating innovative
materials into the production process; working with Global Forest
Watch to maintain sustainable resources; flat-packing the goods
for an efficient distribution system; recycling approximately
75 percent of the waste (paper, wood, plastic, etc.); and incorporating
environmental measures into the construction of the buildings
in terms of energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled
construction materials, low volatile organic compound emitting
paint, skylights in the warehouse and water conserving restrooms.
Located on 23 acres, the 342,000 square foot IKEA Tempe employs
approximately 250 workers. In addition to 10,000 exclusively
designed items, IKEA Tempe presents 44 different room settings,
3 model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area and
a 250 seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs
with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes.