Solar panels are being installed on the roofs of IKEA stores in Edmonton and Calgary.
“IKEA is committed to operating our business within the natural limits of the planet – and to enable our customers to do the same,” says Brendan Seale, Head of Sustainability for IKEA Canada.
At a capacity of 840 kilowatts (kW), the IKEA Edmonton system will be one of the largest commercial rooftop solar systems in the city, with 2,905 panels and expected production of 1180 megawatt hours (MWh), making it among the most productive systems owned by IKEA Canada. It will offset approximately 878 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.
The 660kW IKEA Calgary system will have 2,240 panels and expected production of 1000 MWh, offsetting approximately 744 tonnes of C02emissions per year.
“These investments support our objectives to manage energy costs effectively, reduce our emissions, and achieve energy independence by 2020,” says Seale. Once operational, the solar installations will reduce the company’s annual energy use in Alberta by approximately 25%. IKEA Canada partnered with Energy Efficiency Alberta to finance the two solar projects.
“Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Residential and Commercial Solar Program offers incentives for homes, businesses and non-profits,” says Monica Curtis, CEO of Energy Efficiency Alberta. “We’re very pleased to support IKEA in Calgary and Edmonton by contributing 25% of the total cost of the projects which will reduce C02 by over 40,000 tonnes over their lifetimes.”
IKEA Canada partnered with RESCo Energy Inc. for the design, installation and maintenance of the solar systems. The retailer currently has solar panels on all five Ontario stores and its store in Halifax.