IKEA Doesn't Need Instructions To Go Green

By Sajid Farooq
|  Wednesday, Oct 13, 2010  |  Updated 11:05 AM PDT
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IKEA Doesn't Need Instructions To Go Green

Ikea in Emeryville is getting solar panels. Photo: Aleeex on Flickr

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Going green is probably not enough to make up for the horror of building on an Ohlone burial ground but Ikea is trying anyway.

The Swedish furniture maker is going to install solar energy panels on eight of its California locations, including its East Palo Alto store and its once controversial store in Emeryville.

The company has long prided itself on sustainable building practices and IKEA's U.S. president says "approach is consistent with our commitment to sustainable building practices and we are thrilled that our evaluation determined these projects to be feasible for Ikea."

The 20,000 panels will generate about 4.5 megawatts of solar generating capacity and an annual output of 6.65 million kilowatt-hours of electricity.

The panels will also be installed at stores in Sacramento, Costa Mesa, Burbank, Covina and San Diego.

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