IKEA is planning to install solar panels on the roof of one of its U.S. stores. The 60,000-square foot rooftop array on the Swedish retail giant’s Centennial store will be installed by REC Solar and, pending government permitting, will be opened this autumn.
Around 740,000kWh of electricity will be generated every year by the 498kW system’s 2,212 panels every year. The installation is the latest in a line of recent solar initiatives by IKEA in the U.S. – it has already fitted systems in Brooklyn, Pittsburgh and Tempe, with more planned on both the east and west coasts.
“We are excited about furthering our sustainability commitment with solar panels on the future Centennial store,” said Doug Greenholz, IKEA U.S. real estate manager. “Similar to geothermal, solar energy will reduce greatly the new store's energy costs and carbon footprint as well as contribute to our vision of creating a better everyday life for the many.”