COSTA MESA — Ikea will soon install 1,078 solar panels atop its Costa Mesa store.
The installation spanning 30,000 square feet will soon be installed at Ikea's location at Susan Street and South Coast Drive, just off of Harbor Boulevard. Seven other California locations will also be fitted with the green technology.
All together, the stores are expected to reduce an estimated 5,268 tons of carbon dioxide in California – equaling the emissions of 914 cars or electricity for 580 homes a year, according to Ikea.
The solar panels installed on the Costa Mesa store will potentially reduce emissions to the equivalent of 31 cars annually.
"Being a Swedish company, we pride ourselves on our respect for environment," said Joseph Roth, U.S. public affairs spokesman for Ikea. "We are known for being ecologically responsible, from our sustainable furniture to our conscientious business practices."
The size of Ikea's large stores, provided the ideal space necessary for the installations, he said.