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USA: IKEA Powers Up Stronger Solar Commitment, New EV Charging Stations

Forging ahead with its green power agenda, IKEA is expanding its solar commitments in the U.S. yet again and installing more charging stations for electric cars.

IKEA now plans to bring rooftop solar power to 85 percent of its stores and distribution centers in the United States. Installation of arrays and EV charging sites continues apace with one each completed since the first of the year.

The company flipped the switch yesterday on the most recent project — the installation of four Blink EV chargers at an IKEA store in East Palo Alto, Calif., a community in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The idea of bringing power generation and power as a service, in the form of EV charging, to retail locations is catching on. Walgreens, for example, is another company with robust solar and electric car charging programs. Kohl’s sustainability efforts also include rooftop solar power systems and EV charging.

Not surprisingly, electric cars and charging services are being integrated into car rental and car sharing companies. Hertz upped the ante in that area this week with its announcement that it is testing Evatran’s Plugless Power system to wirelessly charge electric cars at the rental company’s corporate headquarters in New Jersey.
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