“We are excited about furthering our sustainability commitment with solar panels on the future Columbus store,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. “At IKEA, we have a mission to create a better everyday life for the many, and IKEA Columbus can add to this goal while also making us the largest non-utility solar owner in Ohio.”
This installation will represent the 46th solar project for IKEA in the U.S. Nearly 90 percent of the company’s U.S. locations have roof solar panels.
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More than 500 jobs will be created during the construction phase, and approximately 300 more workers will be employed when the new store opens.
The company has locations in 48 countries, and has 42 in the U.S. The retailer also has a store located in West Chester Twp., just north of Cincinnati. The West Chester location was the first to open in Ohio in 2008.