Ikea to build Swedish wind project

SWEDEN: Home furnishings retailer Ikea has announced plans to add to its wind project portfolio by building a project in central Sweden.

Ikea already owns six wind farms in France and Germany
Ikea already owns six wind farms in France and Germany

The company is planning to build a nine-turbine project in Dalarna, Sweden with the aim of supplying the equivalent energy used by 17 of its stores. The project will be developed by O2 Vind.

Peter Agnefjaell, head of Ikea Svenska Foersaeljnings said the company planning to sell the energy to offset prices.

Ikea was unable to confirm any details about the project. However, according to reports it would produce 70GWh annually. If true, the wind farm would have a capacity in the region of 25MW.

Last year, Ikea purchased six wind farms in Germany from Gamesa. They have a combined capacity of 45.05MW.

The wind farms are the Oberende (Lower Saxony), Diemelsee I and II (Hesse), Winterspelt I and II and Zettingen (Rhineland-Palatinate). All of the projects are in northwest and southwest Germany.

Ikea has made recent efforts to power its stores on renewable energy. Pilot projects on stores located in Brooklyn (USA), Ghent (Belgium) and Rostock (Germany) have been using solar energy.

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