IKEA Parent Company Acquires 49% Stake in 2 US Solar Projects

Ingka Group, the strategic partner to IKEA, has reached an agreement with CIP to acquire a 49 percent stake in two solar PV projects in Utah and Texas.

IKEA Solar US

Ingka Group, the strategic partner to the IKEA franchisee system, has reached an agreement with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) to acquire a 49 percent stake in two solar PV projects in Utah and Texas. With a total of 403 MW capacity, this development ranks among the larger solar PV projects in the United States.

Investing in renewable energy is an important part of our financial assets management strategy, as it fully supports our sustainability commitments, said Krister Mattsson, managing director Ingka Investments, the investment arm of Ingka Group.

“We are delighted to extend our portfolio to now include utility-scale solar parks in addition to our two wind farms in the US, bringing us closer to reaching our goal of renewable energy production exceeding our energy consumption.”

Currently, the group owns and operates 900,000 rooftop solar PV panels on IKEA stores, distribution centers and other buildings worldwide. These latest investments are the first off-site solar plants for Ingka Group and will consist of 636,000 panels in Utah (coming into operation later this month) and 823,000 panels in Texas (expected to come into operation in January).

The company has already made significant renewable energy investments in the US, including two wind farms in Illinois and Texas, solar panels at 90 percent of its locations, geothermal projects at two stores, and biogas-powered fuel cell systems.

“CIP is pleased to enter into this long-term partnership with Ingka Group, a company that shares a similar perspective as CIP on the importance of clean energy resources. Combining CIP’s industrial background and asset management expertise with Ingka Group’s ambitious corporate sustainability goals, our partnership will provide low cost and renewable power to the Texas and Utah markets,” said Christian Skakkebaek, senior partner at CIP.

To meet the challenges of climate change, IKEA is transforming to become climate positive* and circular by 2030, reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than the IKEA value chain emits. For Ingka Group, this means generating renewable energy and consuming renewable electricity while increasing energy efficiency and working to halve emissions from customer and co-worker travel. It will also roll out zero emissions home deliveries to all markets by 2025.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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