Ikea goes solar with Gloria Solar in Covina, Calif.

Covina, Calif. -- Ikea officially plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its store in Covina, Calif. The 57,000-sq.-ft. photovoltaic array consists of a 451-kW system, built with 2,002 panels.

Ikea contracted with Gloria Solar, the U.S. operating group focused on the photovoltaic business within the family of E-Ton Solar Group, for the development, design and installation of this customized solar power system

This investment by Ikea to purchase its solar photovoltaic energy system with Gloria Solar modules, and to install and operate it atop the Covina store it owns, will lower the carbon intensity of the electrical grid. It represents the 12th completed solar energy project for Ikea in the United States. Additional installations currently are underway at eight more locations in the Eastern United States.

The new system will produce approximately 651,800 kWh of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 495 tons of carbon dioxide, eliminating the emissions of 88 cars or powering 55 homes yearly.

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