While IKEA may be known by some as a leader in assemble-it-yourself modern home furniture, today it can also claim a new title: it is now Texas’ largest solar energy owner.

Adding to solar installations already in place at its Houston and Dallas area stores, today IKEA powered up its new 6,664 panel solar energy system on the roof of its location in Round Rock, Texas, making it the largest solar owner in the state. The system covers 273,700-square-feet and is capable of producing nearly 2.4 million kWh of clean electricity each year, enough to power 204 average-sized homes and cut CO2 emissions by some 1,800 tons. It is the 33rd completed solar installation for IKEA in the U.S.

“We at IKEA believe in the never-ending job of improving the sustainability of our day-to-day business,” said Gerd Diewald, the Round Rock store manager. “The Round Rock coworkers are excited to help contribute to this goal with our newly operational solar energy system. We appreciate the support of the City of Round Rock, Oncor and REC Solar, Inc., our partners in this project.”

With the addition of this latest system, the company now has some solar power at 75 percent of its stores in the U.S. In the coming months, that percentage will jump to 89 percent as six additional store installations are currently under construction.

Back in June we mentioned that IKEA wants to use energy generated by renewable sources for its 100 percent of its operations in Sweden and had installed 30 wind turbines in Härjedalen, Sweden to help it meet that goal. And earlier this month it was noted that the company was one of the top commercial solar energy leaders by the Solar Energy Industries Association. Seems IKEA is serious about being a renewable energy leader and is working to transition much of its energy needs over to renewables and away from fossil-fuels.

[via CSR Wire]

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