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Ikea More than Doubles Size of Biggest Commercial Rooftop Solar Array in Colorado
Jan 27, 2014
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Home furnishings and appliances retailer Ikea has brought online the expanded solar energy system atop a Denver-area store.

The array atop the store in the town of Centennial was already Colorado's largest single-use commercial building rooftop array when installation of additional solar panels began in the summer of 2013. The expansion has now more than doubled the size of the original array.

The 83,700-square-foot solar addition consists of a 623-kW system, built with 2,492 panels, to produce 961,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store. Including the existing system, the store's total 1,121-kW solar installation of 4,704 panels will generate 1,701,000 kWh of electricity yearly. The retailers said hat this is the equivalent of reducing 1,200 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), eliminating the emissions of 250 cars or powering 180 homes. (Ikea made the estimates calculating clean energy equivalents at www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html).

IKEA contracted with REC Solar, Inc., for the development, design, and installation of the Centennial store’s customized solar power system.

In the Spring of 2013 Ikea achieved its goal of completing solar installations atop nearly 90% of its U.S. buildings (39 out of 44 locations), with a generation goal of 38 MW. Ikea owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems – 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 company’s long-term commitment to sustainability and confidence in photovoltaic (PV) technology. The retailer has a goal of being energy independent by 2020 and has installed more than 300,000 solar panels on buildings around the world. It also owns/operates approximately 137 wind turbines in Europe.

“We are fortunate to have the roof space and corporate commitment to more than double the energy being generated on-site here at the store,” said John Ellis, store manager. “We are proud to make this investment and to grow our local sustainable footprint.”

Ikea sells Whirlpool-made major appliances under the Ikea by Whirlpool brand name.

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