Home furnishings retailer IKEA plans to install solar atop its future Grand Prairie, Texas, store, which is opening as the company’s fourth location in the state this fall. Panel installation will begin during the summer, and IKEA notes that its three other Texas stores already have rooftop solar arrays.
IKEA says the Grand Prairie store’s 181,500-square-foot solar array will consist of a 1.25 MW system, built with 2,800 large-format panels, and will produce approximately 2 million kWh of electricity annually for the store – the equivalent of reducing 1,406 tons of carbon dioxide, which is equal to the emissions of 197 cars or providing electricity for 208 homes yearly.
IKEA selected SunPower for the development, design and installation of the new solar power system, and MYCON Construction is building the store.
“We are excited about furthering our sustainability commitment and a low-carbon society with solar panels on this Grand Prairie store,” says Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. “IKEA has a mission to create a better everyday life for the many, and IKEA Grand Prairie can add to this goal while also keeping us the largest non-utility private solar owner in Texas.”
This installation will represent the 48th solar project for IKEA in the U.S., contributing to the IKEA solar presence atop nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, with a total generation of more than 42 MW. IKEA points out that it owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or power purchase agreement – and globally has allocated $2.5 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2020, reinforcing its confidence and investment in solar photovoltaic technology. Consistent with the goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns approximately 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the U.S.