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USA: IKEA Expands Solar Initiative to 75 Percent of US Locations

Editor’s Note: Updated December 8, 2011, to reflect a 13th installation officially going on line today.

Swedish furniture retailer IKEA has decided to bring solar power to 33 of its 44 stores, distribution centers and office buildings in the U.S. in its latest expansion of an ambitious renewable energy initiative.

IKEA told of its plans this week, saying that it will add 10 installations in the South and Southwest to the 10 that are already in the company’s pipeline for construction and the 13 solar power systems now in place within the firm’s U.S. property portfolio.

The company’s solar program has swiftly grown since it was announced in 2010. Ten of the 13 systems that are on line were completed this year, including one in Baltimore that officially went live this morning. Spokesman Joseph Roth told me the ones in the project pipeline as well as the planned installations announced Tuesday are expected to be built by the end of summer 2012, pending completion of the permitting process for the latest batch of arrays.
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