The rooftop PV array will be comprised of 4,424 solar panels and have a generation capacity of 1.46MW. Image: IKEA

The rooftop PV array will be comprised of 4,424 solar panels and have a generation capacity of 1.46MW. Image: IKEA

Home furnishings retailer IKEA has announced plans to install a PV system on top of its new store in Memphis, Tennessee — set to open in late Fall 2016.

The installation of the solar panels is set to begin this summer, with completion expected in early fall for what will be the largest rooftop PV array in Tennessee.

The 250,675-square-foot system will consist of a 1.46MW system comprised of 4,424 panels and will generate approximately 2,000,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store. IKEA selected Atlanta-based solar integrator Hannah Solar for the development, design and installation of the new system. Linkous Construction is currently overseeing the work site and building the new store.

Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president, said: “We are excited about furthering our sustainability commitment with solar panels on the future Memphis store. At IKEA, we have a mission to create a better everyday life for the many, and IKEA Memphis can add to this goal with Tennessee’s largest rooftop solar array.”

The installation will stand as the 44th solar project for IKEA in the US, bolstering IKEA’s solar presence atop 90% of its stores within the country — with a total generation goal of over 40MW.

IKEA owns and operates each of its solar energy systems atop its buildings, as opposed to a solar lease or power purchase agreement, and has globally reserved US$2.5 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2020. 

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