IKEA is continuing with its investment in solar power with a further system installed at its store in College Park, Maryland, US. REC Solar was chosen to develop, design and install the 1,196kW system, which consists of a 148,200 square foot PV array, built with 4,984 panels. It will produce approximately 1,571,800kWh of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 1,195 tons of CO2, eliminating the emissions of 213 cars or powering 135 homes yearly.
IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems in the US, with a further 22 more locations underway. The company claims this will make its eventual US solar presence nearly 85% with a total generation of 30.8MW.
“We at IKEA believe in the never-ending job of striving to improve the sustainability of our day-to-day business,” said Tracie Wiesman, IKEA College Park store manager. “The IKEA coworkers in College Park are excited to help contribute to this goal with our newly operational solar energy system. We appreciate the support of the City of College Park, PEPCO and REC Solar, our partners in this project.”