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IKEA to build solar panel array at Joliet facility

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JOLIET -- IKEA has announced plans to install solar panels on its Midwest distribution center under construction in Joliet.

Installation will begin in Spring 2017, with completion expected in Fall 2017 for Illinois' largest rooftop array. Combined with arrays atop the Chicago-area IKEA stores in Bolingbrook and Schaumburg, this third project will make IKEA owner of three of the state's largest solar rooftop installations. The renewable energy portfolio of IKEA in Illinois also includes a 49-turbine wind farm in downstate Hoopeston.

The distribution center's 470,545-square-foot solar array will consist of a 2.91 MW system, built with 8,966 panels, and will produce approximately 3,411,600 kWh of electricity annually for the facility.

For the development, design and installation of the facility's solar power system, IKEA selected SoCore Energy, a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Edison International that has designed and installed hundreds of solar solutions across 21 states. Gray Construction is managing the construction of the Joliet distribution center, which will receive and inventory goods sold at IKEA stores worldwide.

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