Swedish IKEA reported in a press release on April 10 that it is making its first wind farm investment in the
United States with the purchase of Hoopeston Wind in Hoopeston, Illinois. The 98 megawatt wind farm is the largest single IKEA Group renewable energy investment s goal to generate as much renewable energy as the total energy it consumes by 2020. The project is currently being constructed by Apex Clean Energy and includes 49 windmills from Danish VESTAS and is expected to be fully operational by the first half of 2015.
“The US has amazing wind and sun resources that will never run out. We are delighted to make this investment – it is great for jobs, great for energy security, and great for our business. Importantly, it’s great for the future of our climate,” says Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group.