IKEA – famous for its blue and yellow corporate colours – is going green with the region’s largest solar panel project.
The giant store in Bletcham Way is one of 10 in which the company has invested £4million to do their bit for the environment.
After a £562,000 investment in fitting 5,978 solar panels to the rooftop of its store, which are now fully operational, IKEA Milton Keynes will be generating around 246,000 kWh of electricity per year – enough to supply 75 homes and provide up to 10 per cent of the store’s electricity needs.
The panels have a 25 year lifespan and during this time will reduce the store’s total CO2 consumption by over 2,500 tonnes. The store also burns renewable wood materials to produce heating and hot water.
Milton Keynes acting store manager Stephen Baxter said: “Taking care of people and the environment is integral to how we do business, so we are continually working to significantly reduce our carbon footprint from all parts of our operations, while helping to reduce CO2 emissions in society.”
Delphine Wolfe, head of consultancy for the National Energy Foundation, added: “We are very excited with IKEA’s new solar PV system. It is the largest solar roof in Milton Keynes and there’s no doubt it will inspire the whole community, businesses and householders alike, about the benefits of solar PV hence promoting this technology locally.”