Ingka Group acquires Utah, Texas solar parks to boost renewable energy generation
Ingka Investments, the investment arm of Ingka Group (owner and operator of 380 IKEA stores in 30 countries), has taken over two solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the U.S. after completing the acquisition of 49% ownership stake in each of them, which will help the company generate more renewable energy than ever before.
In September last year, Ingka Investments reached an agreement with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) to acquire 49% stake in these two Solar PV projects. With a total of 403 mega-watt capacity, this development ranks among the larger solar PV projects in the United States. Ingka Group took over the Utah solar PV project on December 31, last year, while the takeover of the Texas solar PV project concluded on March 31, 2020.
The completion of this transaction holds special significance for Ingka Group as it will now produces more energy than it consumes. As of February, end, for the first time, Ingka Group’s 12 months’ energy production has exceeded its 12 months of energy consumption. As new investments continue in Finland and the US, Ingka Group is working towards its target for production to exceed consumption.
IKEA has an ambition to become climate positive*, reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than the IKEA value chain emits. By FY25**, Ingka Group aims to consume 100% renewable electricity in each of its 30 countries where its present, focusing generating renewable electricity onsite and offsite both on wind farms and utility-scale solar farms. The company is now working to ensure its business is fully run on renewable energy with the aim to consume 100% renewable electricity in its retail operations by 2025 and to phase out fossil fuel-based heating and cooling by 2030, while increasing energy efficiency.
The Misae project in Texas, which produces 567 GWh of energy per annum, will be crucial in these plans. Ingka Group will now have access to the production of 277 GWh of electricity, which is equivalent to the consumption of more than 50 IKEA Stores. Besides this, the Misae project has 823,228 panels of which Ingka Group will own 49%, giving an equivalent number of over 400,00 additional panels owned by Ingka Group.
“Since 2009, Ingka Group has invested close to 2.5 billion euros in renewable energy. For us, investing in renewable energy is a part of our asset management strategy, as it fully supports our sustainability commitments,” says Krister Mattsson, Managing Director Ingka Investments, the investment arm of Ingka Group.
“We plan to continue with our future investment strategy and are focusing on countries where we do not have large scale renewable energy production yet, such as Russia and China,” says Mattsson (picture below).
For Ingka Group, the future of energy is renewable, and that’s why it has invested heavily in wind and solar power over the past decade. Within the Renewable Energy portfolio of Ingka Investments, the ownership and commitments include 534 wind turbines in 14 countries and 2 solar energy farms with 715,000 solar panels under construction in the USA.
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*Becoming climate positive is about reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than what the IKEA value chain emits. IKEA is committed to the Paris Agreement and to contribute towards limiting climate change to 1.5°C. This includes a commitment to halve the absolute net GHG emissions from the total IKEA value chain by 2030, through drastically reducing GHG emissions and by removing CO2 from the atmosphere and storing the carbon in land, plants and products through better forest and agriculture management within the IKEA value chain. IKEA will ensure that carbon remains stored in our products and materials longer through the circular economy.
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Ingka Group (Ingka Holding B.V. and its controlled entities) is one of 12 different groups of companies that own and operate IKEA retail under franchise agreements with Inter IKEA Systems B.V. Ingka Group has three business areas: IKEA Retail, Ingka Investments and Ingka Centres. Ingka Group is a strategic partner in the IKEA franchise system, operating 380 IKEA stores in 30 countries. These IKEA stores had 839 million visits during FY19 and 2.6 billion visits to www.IKEA.com. Ingka Group operates business under the IKEA vision - to create a better everyday life for the many people by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible can afford it.