IKEA buys 25 percent of Germany's second-biggest offshore wind farm

IKEA buys 25 percent of Germany's second-biggest offshore wind farm
People walk past an IKEA kitchen showroom downtown Stockholm, Sweden April 17, 2018. Picture taken April 17, 2018. REUTERS/Anna Ringstrom -
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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Ingka Group, the owner of most IKEA stores, said on Wednesday it had bought a 25 percent stake in Germany's second-biggest offshore wind farm as part of a strategy to reach its sustainability targets.

The world's biggest furniture retailer said in a statement it paid more than 200 million euros (175 million pounds) for a stake in the Veja Mate offshore wind farm with a capacity of 402 megawatts (MW).

"With this 25 percent stake, we make another step towards our 2020 target about renewable energy production exceeding our energy consumption," Ingka Group said.

The acquisition was part of a deal in which a consortium that also includes Commerz Real, wpd invest and KGAL Group bought 80 percent of the farm from Siemens Financial Services, Highland Group Holdings and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.

Siemens retains the remaining 20 percent stake.

The acquisition is Ingka's second-biggest single investment in wind power.

Ingka, formerly IKEA Group, owns 367 IKEA stores in 30 markets.

(Reporting by Anna Ringstrom and Vera Eckert; editing by David Evans)

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