IKEA Group plans to produce as much renewable energy as it consumes by 2020 globally, a goal it has achieved already in its Nordic stores. The first IkEA store in Wisconsin, that will open mid-May in Oak Creek just south of Milwaukee, is covered with 4,752 solar panels that will produce 2.1 million kilowatts of electricity annually. It carries products to help its customers reduce energy use and install renewables too by selling affordable LED lighting and solar panels.
IKEA’s 100% renewable by 2020 commitment helps the company accelerate a clean economy by unlocking financing, address climate goals, increase its energy security, and add long term value to the business. Once a business starts generating their own energy, it turns a cost into a profit center. IKEA has committed to own and operate 416 offsite wind turbines and has installed around 750,000 solar panels on IKEA buildings. RE 100, jsonline