IKEA Solarbration

By Jaime Wilson, Green Team Member

IKEA has been a Sacramento Zoo partner for years, supporting our Cell Phone Safari program and revamping the Discovery Room for all our guests to enjoy. They have made their mark with their public recycling programs and by phasing out the sale of incandescent light bulbs.

On June 28th, IKEA in West Sacramento made another huge step in sustainability by officially plugging-in 65,000 feet of solar panels that will produce almost 800,000 kilowatts of clean electricity annually. That's enough to power 69 homes for a year or the equivalent of reducing 630 tons of carbon.

"This investment by IKEA to purchase its own solar photovoltaic energy system and to install and operate it atop the West Sacramento store will lower the carbon intensity of the electrical grid, and represents the eighth completed solar energy project for IKEA in the United States. There also currently are plans underway to install systems at four other IKEA locations in California as well as eight more in the Eastern U.S." - Official IKEA press release.

IKEA partnered with Gloria Solar, the City of West Sacramento and PG&E to make this project happen.

The Sacramento Zoo is proud to partner with a company that values sustainability and we applaud IKEA and their solar project.

Have you ever noticed the solar panels on top of the Zoofari Market gift store? Next time you are at the Zoo see if you can spot them!

PG&E representative, West Sacramento Mayor & IKEA Store Manager

Only a small portion of the solar panels

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