Swedish furniture retailer IKEA has completed and connected its 36th solar project in the US at its distribution centre in Perryville, Maryland.

The 2,674.9 kW PV system — which IKEA claims is the state’s largest solar rooftop array — adds to the company’s strong solar portfolio in the US where around 80% of its stores have been equipped with solar.

The customised PV system covers a total area of 71,440 square metres and is composed of 18,576 solar panels which will generate approximately 3,397,178 kWh of clean electricity every year. It was designed, developed and installed by Inovateus Solar, a solar power distributor and integrator specialising in large-scale solar installations.

“As one of the largest rooftop arrays in the country, this installation will ensure that the IKEA Perryville distribution centre consumes very little power from the electric grid,” said Ed Morris, manager of the Perryville distribution centre. “IKEA is thrilled at this opportunity to further our investment in this community while also continuing our commitment of incorporating sustainability into our supply chain operations. We appreciate the continued support of the city of Perryville, Cecil County, Delmarva Power, and Inovateus Solar, our partners in this project.”

IKEA has a further three projects under construction. When complete, almost 90% of its US stores will be equipped with solar and have a total capacity of 38MW.

IKEA owns and operates each PV system atop its buildings as opposed to a solar lease or power purchase agreement. Worldwide, the firm has allocated US$1.8 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015.