Retailer IKEA has long been a company committed to renewable energy and that rings true again with the installation of a massive solar array atop its new Burbank, California store.
The store’s 71,000-square-foot solar array consists of a 646 kW system, built with 1,872 panels, and will produce approximately 1,033,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store, which will help save 726 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
IKEA now has a solar presence atop nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, with a total generation goal of more than 42 MW. The company 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 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.
This month IKEA also announced it will install 5,500 solar panels atop its Jacksonville, Florida store, which will produce about 2.75 million kilowatt hours of electricity, and help reduce 2,133 tons of carbon dioxide.
In March, the Swedish retailer announced it has added fuel cell technology to a store in Connecticut and expects it to deliver about 50% of the power needed for the store to operate. Though the retailer already operates fuel cell systems at five of its California stores, the new installation at its New Haven, Conn., facility represents the first on the east coast. An Ikea store manager said the move will cut the store’s energy costs in half.