SANDVIKA, Norway, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - The world's leading home furnishings
retailer IKEA selected REC Systems and REC solar modules for the
installation of PV Systems on two of their buildings in Germany.
(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20110127/434147 )
In competition with more than 200 other solar system providers, REC
Systems Germany GmbH was selected to provide systems solution for two
installations in Germany. The 14,000 square meter (0.83 acres)
installation, producing 449,000 kilowatt-hrs (kWh) on the rooftop of a
store in Regensburg, Germany, was connected to the grid at the end of
September. The 430kW installation will offset 398 tons of CO2 per year.
A second rooftop installation covering 4,300 square meters (0.32 acres)
producing 149,000 kWh was installed on a store in Freiburg, Germany and
connected to the grid in December. The 150 kilowatt installation will
offset 132 tons of CO2 per year.
"We will use the solar power produced for our lighting department, and
furniture exhibition, as well as for the customer restaurant", says
Michael Armin, Head, Expansion, IKEA Germany. Building on the success
of earlier joint projects, Goldbeck Solar, a large construction company
focusing on industrial rooftop and ground mounted PV installations,
partnered with REC as sub-contractor on the German IKEA projects.
"REC is proud that IKEA selected our systems team to provide these
installations, in addition to benefitting from our high performing
modules with their excellent price performance ratio," said John
Andersen Jr, Executive Vice President and Group COO, REC. The REC
Systems team manages the development, design, installation and
financing for larger scale rooftop and free field projects.
Currently, REC is also providing modules for three projects for IKEA in
the U.S: two stores on the East Coast, and a Southern California
distribution center that will be the second largest single-roof
commercial system in the state. A Colorado site was also recently
IKEA is committed to sustainable building practices that have a limited
impact on the environment and is using solar to reduce their carbon
footprint and improve energy efficiency. TIME magazine listed IKEA as
one of the top eight most global eco-conscious companies.
REC is a leading vertically integrated player in the solar energy
industry. REC is among the world's largest producers of polysilicon and
wafers for solar applications, and a rapidly growing manufacturer of
solar cells and modules. REC is also engaged in project development
activities in selected PV segments. Founded in Norway, REC is an
international solar company, employing around 4,100 people worldwide.
REC had revenues of approximately EUR 1 billion in 2009. Please visit http://www.recgroup.com to learn more about REC.
For further information:
In Germany, Terje Pilskog, Senior Vice President, Systems and Business Development, REC, +49-175-5741095
In the US, Marius Krokjso, Managing Director, US and Asia Pacific, REC, +1-805-202-9586