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IKEA in Draper goes green, starts using solar panels

Published: Friday, July 27 2012 11:24 a.m. MDT

Home furnishing retail store IKEA has officially plugged-in its solar energy system in its Salt Lake-area store in Draper, the company announced in a statement today.

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Home furnishing retail store IKEA has officially plugged-in its solar energy system at its Salt Lake-area store in Draper, the company announced in a statement today.

The 1,014-kw system has 4,228 solar panels, the company said in the statement. The project is said to produce about 1,487,080 kWh of clean electricity each year. That's equal to dropping 1,025 tons of carbon dioxide, getting rid of emissions of 201 cars or giving power to 128 homes each year, according to epa.gov. This is the biggest private commercial solar project in the state, according to the statement.

The solar project in Draper is the 26th completed project of its kind in the U.S. by IKEA with 13 more currently under construction, according to the statement.

"We at IKEA believe in the never-ending job of striving to improve the sustainability of our day-to-day business," Tony Williams, IKEA Draper store manager, said in a statement. "The IKEA coworkers in Draper are excited to help contribute to this goal with our newly operational solar energy system. We appreciate the support of the city of Draper, Rocky Mountain Power and REC Solar Inc., our partners in this project."

The IKEA store in Draper is located on 22.5 acres along Interstate 15 just off the Bangerter Highway exit. The 310,000 square-foot store iopened in 2007, according to the statement.

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