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Ikea plans to install 1,200 solar panels on roof of Costa Mesa store

January 14, 2011

Roof of Ikea in Costa MesaPlans to install 1,200 solar panels on the roof of Ikea in Costa Mesa are currently in the hands of city building officials.

This is great news for Costa Mesa and Orange County.  Ikea is a large store with a lot of roof space.  The solar panels will help power the store on clean energy and supplement the greater power grid.

From the Daily Pilot – Ikea is planning to light up its store using the power of the sun.

The Sweden-based furniture chain last week applied for a permit with the city to install solar panels on the roof of its South Coast Drive store, said Khanh Nguyen, a Costa Mesa building official.

“We’ve been following solar energy technology as it’s been advancing, and now we concluded that it’s definitely feasible for us to efficiently and effectively implement the solar-energy programs at certain stores,” said Ikea spokesman Joseph Roth.

The 1,120 panels the store plans to install are expected to generate 250 kilowatts — enough to light up 2,500 regular light bulbs, said Nguyen.

The panels would supplement the power grid and provide energy during sunny days, he said.

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