IKEA to be 100 per cent renewable in Sweden following biggest wind investment

Home furnishing giant IKEA will get all power for its stores in its native Sweden from renewable energy after signing its biggest ever wind turbine deal.

The company is to install 30 Vestas turbines at a new wind farm on Glotesvalen, a mountain in Harjedalen.

Once operational, the turbines will make IKEA completely self-sufficient for energy in Sweden as well as raising the renewable slice of the company’s global energy use to 70-80 per cent.

Construction work will start this summer and the project is due for completion in 2015.

The Glotesvalen wind farm will bring IKEA’s fleet of Vestas turbines to more than 115 MW across Sweden, Denmark, France and the UK.

Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer of IKEA Group, said: “We want to take a leading role in the transition to a low carbon society by only using 100 per cent renewable energy in our global operations. By only using wind power in Sweden, it is an exciting and important step toward reaching that goal.”

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