This press release is with reference to Vestas Wind Systems A/S’ company announcement No. 26/2012 of 27 June 2012.
Project of 30 V90-3.0 MW turbines is IKEA’s biggest investment in wind to date. The deal testifies that carbon conscious companies such as IKEA increasingly achieve their financial objectives while at the same time reducing their carbon footprint and securing a sustainable energy supply.
Vestas has received an order for 30 units of the V90-3.0 MW wind turbine for the Glötesvålen project in the municipality of Härjedalen, Sweden.
The order is placed by Swedish developer and long standing Vestas customer, O2. Delivery and installation of the turbines is scheduled to be completed in January 2015. Whereas O2 will be responsible for the development, construction and operation of the wind farm, it will be owned by Swedish home furnishing giant IKEA.
The Glötesvålen project is IKEA’s largest, single investment in wind to date, bringing the company’s fleet of Vestas turbines to more than 115 MWs across Sweden, France, UK, and Denmark. It is IKEA’s goal to get all of its energy from renewable sources and the 30 Vestas turbines is a major step on that journey: When in operation in 2015, IKEA expects renewable energy to amount to 70-80 per cent of the Group’s global energy usage. In Sweden alone, the investment will make IKEA self-sufficient with electricity.
Carbon conscious companies-segment is long-term focus area for Vestas
The Glötesvålen project is yet another example of how carbon conscious companies are stepping up their active involvement in wind energy. Earlier this year, Vestas announced a 396 MW order in Mexico that will supply companies such as convenience store chain OXXO as well as Mexican Coca-Cola bottler FEMSA and the Mexican subsidiary of Heineken with electricity for their operations.
Today, sustainable behaviour not only reduces companies’ carbon footprint and secures energy supply but sends a powerful message to consumers increasingly concerned about the environment and the consequences of burning fossil fuels.
“While the world’s governments have done a lot for the wind industry, it is not enough. The world’s largest companies also need to take responsibility and help drive the change in the energy mix towards clean and reliable energy. As carbon conscious companies like IKEA pioneers the way, Vestas expects increased activity in this fast growing segment,” says Morten Albaek, Global Senior Vice President, Global MarCom & Customer Insights at Vestas Wind Systems A/S and responsible for the company’s strategy towards carbon conscious companies.
Vestas considers carbon conscious companies to be strategic partners in the continued deployment of renewable energy. As a consequence, Vestas has designated resources to better understand and meet the needs and requirements of this customer segment.