Becomes State’s Largest Non-Utility Solar Owner, as Company Reaches 80% Solar Presence on Its U.S. Locations
IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, has officially plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its South Florida store in the City of Sunrise – which will be the largest solar installation in South Florida and, when combined with IKEA projects already completed atop stores in Orlando and Tampa, will make IKEA the state’s largest non-utility solar owner. The 101,774ft2 PV array consists of a 1,057kW system, built with 4,368 panels. IKEA Sunrise’s program will produce approximately 1.6 million kWh of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 1,181 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), eliminating the emissions of 210 cars or powering 134 homes yearly.
This installation represents the 35th completed solar project for IKEA in the United States, with four more locations underway, making the eventual U.S. solar presence of IKEA at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations with a total generation of 38MW. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or PPA (power purchase agreement) – and globally has allocated $1.8 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015. This investment reinforces the long-term commitment of IKEA to sustainability and confidence in photovoltaic (PV) technology. Consistent with the company’s goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 250,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns/operates approximately 110 wind turbines in Europe.
For the development, design and installation of the Sunrise store’s customized solar power system, IKEA contracted with REC Solar Inc., a national leader in solar electric system design and installation with more than 9,000 systems built across the United States.