Stoughton’s IKEA moving forward with more solar panels and new construction
IKEA is looking to add a warehouse to its successful retail operation in Stoughton. The store opened in 2005.
IKEA, the Swedish retail home furnishings and design store on Route 24, is expanding and getting greener.
New solar panels will be added to the top of a 60,000-square-foot warehouse that is currently under construction. It will be the second solar array at the store, which installed panels on its original structure it eight years ago. The panels will double the amount of solar energy generated at the site.
“This is another example of the IKEA commitment to create a more sustainable life for communities where we operate,” said store manager Anton van Dongen.
The construction for the new warehouse began on Sept. 16.
“Right now we are clearing and excavating the site and we hope to be done by mid- to late summer of 2014,” said Joseph Roth, the director of public affairs for IKEA. Between 20 to 40 percent of the store’s electricity will be generated by the solar array, said Roth.
In March, the Zoning Board of Appeals approved a special permit to allow IKEA to expand and add the warehouse.
The store is expanding on its western side, which is home to a a self-serve area, with goods on warehouse shelves for customers to pick and load into their vehicles. To minimize the loss of parking spots, the expansion is being built on stilts.
The new solar array will consist of 1,248 panels spanning 51,516 square feet. Those panels will produce 383,200 kilowatt hours more of electricity annually for the store.
When finished, a total of 5,468 panels will generate more than 1 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually. That’s the equivalent of reducing 761 tons of carbon dioxide – similar to eliminating the emissions of 158 cars or powering 105 homes, according to a company statement.
Last Spring, IKEA completed solar installations at 39 of 44 U.S. buildings, the company said.
The company points to other environmental efforts in U.S. locations including: recycling waste material; incorporating energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, the elimination of plastic bags from the check-out process, and the phased-out the sale of incandescent bulbs.
The store in Stoughton was awarded LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. It has a green roof, next to the first solar panels that were installed.
There are currently more than 340 IKEA stores in 42 countries, including 38 in the U.S. Annual revenues top $34 billion.
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