Renewable Energy, Solar

Ikea to bring rooftop solar to Indiana furniture store

Home furnishings retailer Ikea, plans to install solar panels atop its future Indianapolis-area store opening Fall 2017 in Fishers, Indiana. Panel installation will begin later this spring, with completion expected this summer.

The Fishers store’s 219,000-square-foot solar array will consist of a 1.34 MW system, built with 3,888 solar panels, and will produce about 1,752,845 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 1,358 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – equal to the emissions of 260 cars or providing electricity for 182 homes yearly.

For the development, design and installation of the new store’s solar power system, Ikea selected REC Solar to supply the solar power technology. Pepper Construction is building the store.

“We are excited about furthering our sustainability commitment and contributing to a low-carbon society with solar panels on this Indianapolis-area store,” said Lars Petersson, Ikea U.S. president. “At Ikea, we have a mission to create a better everyday life for the many, and Ikea Fishers can add to this goal with Indiana’s largest retail solar rooftop installation.”

This installation will represent the 47th solar project for Ikea in the United States, contributing to the Ikea solar presence atop nearly 90 percent of its U.S. locations, with a total generation of more than 42 MW.

Ikea 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. 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 about 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the U.S.