IKEA makes South Jersey site more like Portland's

California-based REC Solar designed and installed the 2,072-panel array at the Portland Ikea store.

Ikea's Portland store has featured solar panels for the past year.

IKEA plugged in a new solar-energy system at its South Jersey distribution site, the housewares retailer said this week.

More than 15,600 solar panels were installed at the Westampton, N.J., site, covering half a million square feet.

Ikea powered up a nearly 500-kilowatt roof top solar system atop its Portland store about a year ago.

The panels are expected to fill much of the site’s energy needs, generating the energy it would take to power 286 homes for a year. At the same time, the IKEA site will cut carbon dioxide output by 1,911 tons — the equivalent of taking 398 cars off the road.

“Installing solar panels atop this facility demonstrates that the company’s sustainable commitment extends beyond our stores into all facets of our supply chain operations,” Tony Angotti, manager of the Westampton distritribution center, said.

IKEA’s U.S. headquarters is in Conshohocken, Pa., about 40 miles from the South Jersey site.

For more on Ikea's South Jersey strategy, visit the Philadelphia Business Journal.

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