To Keep Future Energy Costs Predictable, IKEA Decides To Double-Down On Renewable Energy.

IKEA solar panelsIkea has always tried to simplify the furniture assembly process. Following that same path, Ikea is now working to simplify how they’ll get their future electricity by doubling their investment in renewable energy to $4 billion. From Ikea CEO and President Mikael Ohlsson (Bloomberg):

“I foresee we’ll continue to increase our investments in renewable energy… looking at how quickly we’re expanding and our value chain, we will most likely have to double the investments once more after 2015.”

Ikea’s goal is to get 100% of the power for their stores from renewable sources by 2020. Ikea’s stores currently get 34% of their electricity from 250,000 solar panels they own and from 126 wind turbines they’ve invested in. [Bloomberg]

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Report From SEIA: Walmart Generates The Most Solar. IKEA Leads By Percent Of Stores Using Solar Power.

SEIA's Top 20 Companies by Solar CapacityAccording to a new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Walmart is tops in commercial solar power production. Rooftop solar panels on an IKEA store.As a percentage of retail locations, IKEA leads the pack by installing solar panels on 79% of their stores. What does this mean? If you consider yourself a friend of all things green, you should buy all of your food & clothing at Walmart and your furniture & household items at IKEA. You should also ignore the post before this one that kind of makes fun of Walmart. [SEIA via GigaOM]

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Aktiv Prefab Homes From IKEA And Ideabox

Aktiv prefab home from Ideabox and IKEANo instructions required because the prefabricated home designed by Ideabox of Portland will come pre-assembled with its permanent furnishings from IKEA. The Aktiv manufactured home will be 745 sq. ft. and include the kitchen, flooring, counter tops and fixtures you’ve checked out when you visited IKEA but could never figure out how to incorporate into your current home. Aktiv home with IKEA bathroom It’ll be priced around $86,500 and include energy saving appliances and other cost-saving features like dual-flush toilets.

It makes sense for IKEA to jump into the prefab home market. Buyers will surely be offered the full-meal deal (furniture, bedding etc.) so their final Aktiv home will end up looking like an IKEA showroom. I think that’s good. [SmartPlanet]

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IKEA’s Solvinden Line Of Solar Powered Lighting Products

IKEA Solvinden Solar Power Lamps
Checkout IKEA’s new Solvinden line of solar powered lighting products. Kind of a cool gift idea for the kids; a solar powered reading and nightlight that the kids are responsible for recharging. [BoingBoing.net]

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