Future IKEA Norfolk to be equipped with Hampton Roads’ largest solar rooftop array and EV charging stations
NORFOLK, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced
that its future Norfolk store will be equipped with solar panels and
electric vehicle (EV) charging stations when it opens Spring 2019 in
IKEA Norfolk will feature a 180,000-square-foot solar array, which will
consist of a 1.26 MW system, built with 3,654 panels, and produce
approximately 1,743,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the
equivalent of reducing 1,233 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2)
– equal to the emissions of 262 cars or providing electricity for 215
homes yearly (calculating clean energy equivalents at www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator).
For the development, design and installation of the new store’s solar
power system, IKEA selected REC Solar, a national leader in solar
electric design and installation with more than 580 systems built across
In addition, the store will have three Blink® electric
vehicle charging stations. This initiative reflects the continued
partnership between IKEA and Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ:BLNK, BLNKW) a
leading owner, operator and provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging
station products and networked EV charging services with thousands of
public charging stations in the U.S. There are currently Blink EV
charging units at 34 IKEA stores in the U.S.
“We are excited to further our sustainability commitment with the
installation of the largest solar rooftop array in the area and EV
charging stations at our future IKEA Norfolk store,” said Lisa Davis,
Sustainability Manager, IKEA U.S. “At IKEA, we want to have a positive
impact on people and the planet, and these investments support our
objectives to reduce our emissions and achieve energy independence by
This installation will represent the 56th solar project for
IKEA in the U.S., and contribute to the company’s solar presence atop
nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, with a total generation of more than
56 MW. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop
its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or PPA (power purchase
agreement) – and globally has allocated $2.5 billion to invest in
renewable energy through 2020, reinforcing its confidence and investment
in solar photovoltaic technology. Consistent with the goal of being
energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 750,000 solar
panels on buildings across the world and owns approximately 441 wind
turbines, including 104 in the U.S.
To charge an EV at the future IKEA Norfolk, drivers can tap their Blink
InCard (RFID card) to the reader below the screen, initiate the session
directly from the Blink Mobile application, or use a guest code provided
via the Blink Mobile app, www.BlinkCode.com,
or Blink Customer Support (888-998-2546). Once the session is initiated,
drivers can shop and eat at their leisure in the IKEA store while their
vehicle is charging. EV drivers can become a Blink member for free and
typically receive discounted charging fees at thousands of Blink units.
More information about how to use the Blink EV charging stations and how
to become a Blink Member is available at blinkcharging.com.
Drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, IKEA believes
it can do good business while minimizing impacts on the environment.
Globally, IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation
opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design,
works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for
efficient distribution. Specific U.S. sustainability efforts include:
recycling waste material; incorporating environmental measures into the
actual buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems,
recycled construction materials, skylights in warehouse areas, and
water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags
from the check-out process, and selling only LED bulbs.
The future 331,000-square-foot IKEA Norfolk store will be built on 19
acres on the northwestern corner of Interstate 64 and Northampton
Boulevard. IKEA Norfolk will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed
items, 50 inspirational room settings, three model home interiors, a
supervised children’s play area and a 450-seat restaurant serving
traditional Swedish and American fare including IKEA meatballs.
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of
good design and function at low prices. The IKEA Group operates 367 IKEA
stores in 30 countries, including 48 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates
sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that
benefit children and the environment. For more information, see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or
IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.
Victoria Peris, 305-347-4343