Home furnishings retailer IKEA’s future store in Grand Prairie, Texas now has a completed solar panel installation on its roof, expanding the company’s commitment to renewables and energy independence apart from the grid.
The Grand Prairie store’s 181,500-square-foot solar array consists of a 1.25 MW system, built with 2,800 large format panels that will produce approximately 2 million kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 1,406 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2)–equal to the emissions of 197 cars or providing electricity for 208 homes yearly, according to estimates
The array is the fourth IKEA solar array in Texas. The store will open this fall as the company’s second in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
For the development, design and installation of the new store’s solar power system, IKEA selected SunPower. MYCON Construction is building the store that reflects the same architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide.
“Completing the solar installation is another exciting and sustainable step in the progress towards opening the future IKEA Grand Prairie,” said Matt Hunsicker, store manager. “IKEA strives to create a sustainable life for communities where we operate, and IKEA Grand Prairie is adding to this goal with our fourth rooftop solar array in Texas.”
This array represents the 47th solar project for IKEA in the U.S., contributing to the IKEA solar presence atop more than 90 percent of its U.S. locations, with a total generation goal of more than 44 MW. 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 allocated $2.5 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2020, reinforcing its confidence and investment in solar photovoltaic technology.
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. The company set a goal of being energy independent by 2020.