IKEA today officially plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its South Florida City of Sunrise store – 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. It takes a lot of energy to make those showrooms feel like the inside of comfortable homes!
The 101,774-square-foot PV array consists of a 1,057-kW system built with 4,368 panels. It will produce approximately 1,554,600 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 U.S. with four more locations underway, making the eventual U.S. solar presence of IKEA nearly 90% of its U.S. locations with a total generation of 38 MW. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings and globally has allocated $1.8 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015.
“This solar array will reduce our carbon footprint and represents another investment by us in this community,” said Peter Steinweg, City of Sunrise store manager.