IKEA to harness sun's power with Washington's largest array
IKEA, a leading home furnishings retailer, plans to install solar panels atop a relocated Seattle-area store under construction in Renton, Wash.
Installation begins this fall and, when completed late this year, the project will be the largest rooftop solar array in the state of Washington, reports eSolar Energy News.
The Renton store’s 244,504-square-foot solar array will consist of a 1.18 MW system, built with 3,420 panels, and will produce approximately 1,319,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 927 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – equal to the emissions of 196 cars or providing electricity for 137 homes yearly. Total square footage of the store is 399,000.
The installation will represent the 44th solar project for IKEA in the United States. The company has solar panels atop nearly 90 percent of its U.S. locations, with a total generation of more than 40 MW.
The company in May opens a new store in Las Vegas, which will be Nevada’s largest solar array at 240,504 square feet and 3,620 panels.
IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems – as opposed to a solar lease or power purchase agreement – and globally has allocated $2.5 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2020.
IKEA has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings around the world and owns approximately 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the United States.
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