Having already installed a total 12 rooftop PV systems at its US stores, IKEA has plans to add another five stores to its PV program in the Midwestern region. Currently, around 85% of its US stores have been fitted with systems. Collectively, the five Midwestern stores total 4.8MW of new solar generating capacity, using approximately 20,400 modules. IKEA will own and operate each system.
Several EPC firms have been contracted for the five projects. For a store in Pittsburgh, IKEA contracted with REC Solar, which has already installed systems for IKEA and is said to be implementing projects at additional IKEA locations. For the other four locations, IKEA has contracted with SoCore Energy, said to be one of the largest commercial solar developers in the Midwest and developer of more than 65 commercial-scale PV installations across the US.
“With only 44 locations nationwide, we try to contribute whenever and wherever possible to creating a better everyday life for the many. So – from a sustainability perspective – we are open to ideas for incorporating key environmental technologies and look forward to considering other opportunities as they arise too,” said Mike Ward, IKEA's US president.
Latest project details are below.
• Bloomington, MN – opened in 2004; store size: 336,000 SF on 15 acres
SOLAR PROGRAM: 142,000 SF at 1,136 kW; 4,834 panels generating 1,300,700 kWh/yr. Equivalent to reducing 989 tons of CO2, 176 cars’ emissions or powering 112 homes
• Bolingbrook, IL – opened in 2005; store size: 310,000 SF on 23 acres
SOLAR PROGRAM: 140,300 SF at 1,122 kW; 4,774 panels generating 1,298,200 kWh/yr. Equivalent to reducing 987 tons of CO2, 176 cars’ emissions or powering 112 homes
• Canton, MI – opened in 2006; store size: 311,000 SF on 33 acres
SOLAR PROGRAM: 122,200 SF at 977 kW; 4,157 panels generating 1,138,200 kWh/yr. Equivalent to reducing 865 tons of CO2, 154 cars’ emissions or powering 98 homes
• Pittsburgh, PA – opened in 1989; store size: 221,000 SF on 14.2 acres
SOLAR PROGRAM: 86,800 SF at 694 kW; 2,953 panels generating 852,200 kWh/yr. Equivalent to reducing 648 tons of CO2, 115 cars’ emissions or powering 73 homes [Since 2000, this store has hosted a 31kW PPA array that will be removed to facilitate installation of today’s announced new system to be owned and operated by IKEA.]
• Schaumburg, IL – opened in 1998; size: 450,000 SF on 30.4 acres
SOLAR PROGRAM: 108,400 SF at 867 kW; 3,689 panels generating 1,032,600 kWh/yr. Equivalent to reducing 785 tons of CO2, 140 cars’ emissions or powering 89 homes.