IKEA produces more renewable energy than they consume in the Nordics

2014-12-16

The IKEA Group continues its work on fossil-free electricity supply. Its third Swedish wind farm from OX2 – Glötesvålen in Härjedalen – was put into operation in December, which means that the furniture company is now producing more renewable energy than they consume in the Nordic countries. OX2 is responsible for the technical and commercial management of the wind farm.

The IKEA Group wants to take a leading role towards a low-carbon society by shifting to renewable energy and energy efficiency in all areas of business. Globally, its long term goal is to become energy independent by 2020, and 1.5 billion Euro will be invested in solar and wind energy for its own operations. A milestone is reached with the takeover of Glötesvålen and its 30 wind turbines, as it means that IKEA will be able to produce more renewable energy than it consumes in the Nordic countries.

IKEA has already acquired the Rämsberget and Korpfjället wind farms from OX2. These consist of 7 and 9 wind turbines and together with the 30 turbines on Glötesvålen, IKEA now owns as much as 46 wind turbines in Sweden.

Glötesvålen has been put into operation in December 2014 and OX2 is responsible of the technical and commercial management of the three wind farms. Learn more about Glötesvålen.

Inauguration of the park will take place in late spring 2015. Until then, enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of Glötesvålen below. Photo: Jann Lipka.

Facts about the Glötesvålen wind farm

The wind farm with 30 turbines is located on Glötesvålen, about 40 kilometers northwest of Sveg in southwestern Härjedalen, Sweden.

It is one of the best wind sites with a highest point of 1010 m asl. The wind has been measured for more than ten years. The average annual wind is extremely good with 8.1 m/s and during the cold winter months it’s over 9 m/s. Glötesvålen is a selected area of the municipality’s comprehensive plan and by the Swedish Energy Agency (Energimyndigheten) selected as national interest for wind farms.

The park is expected to produce 220 GWh/year, equivalent to the annual consumption of household electricity for approximately 48,000 households. It enables a reduction in carbon emissions by up to 176,000 tonnes per year (Energy Agency’s calculation).

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