Home furnishings retailer IKEA has announced the completion of a 1.14 MW solar installation atop its new Las Vegas store, which will open May 18. The company says the project represents the largest single-use retail rooftop solar array in Nevada.
The store’s 240,504 square-foot solar system features 3,620 panels and will produce approximately 1,750,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store. IKEA selected Helix Electric for the development, design and installation of the customized system.
“IKEA strives to create a sustainable life for communities where we operate, and IKEA Las Vegas is adding to this goal,” says Amy Jensen, store manager.
This array represents the 43rd solar project for IKEA in the U.S., contributing to the IKEA solar presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, with a total generation goal of 40 MW. IKEA says it owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings and globally has allocated more than $2 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2020, reinforcing its confidence and investment in solar photovoltaic technology.
Consistent with the goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 700,000 solar panels across the world and owns approximately 157 wind turbines in Europe and Canada, with 104 more in the U.S.