By Cameron Chai
IKEA, a globally known home furnishing retailing company has declared the commissioning of its new solar power system erected at its Orange County store located in Costa Mesa, California.
The 248 kW solar system consisting around 1,078 solar panels is installed over an area of around 30,000-sq.ft. The new facility will generate around 353,800 kWh of clean solar power every year which is enough meet the power requirement of around 31 homes. The power generated from the facility can be equated to offsetting nearly 280 tons of carbon dioxide emissions of 49 cars by removing them off the roads.
Gloria Solar, a US based company engaged in solar PV installations and a segment of E-Ton group, has provided the needed design for the project and completed the installation. IKEA purchased and supplied the solar modules required for the installation over the rooftop of its Costa Mesa store. The project happens to be the ninth solar project of the company in the USA and will assist the grid to cut down its carbon intensive power generation. IKEA is presently planning for solar installation in three other locations in California and in Eastern US, it will have eight more solar facilities.
The IKEA Cost Mesa facility occupying around 308,000 sq.ft., is located over 24 acres of area and employs around 300 workers. The store has three types of home interior models and 50 assorted type of room settings to choose from and also has a 300-seat restaurant and a monitored children’s play area.