Home furnishings retailer IKEA has completed what it says is Washington’s largest rooftop solar array.
Installed atop IKEA’s relocated Seattle-area store in Renton, Wash., the 244,000-square-foot solar array consists of 3,268 panels totaling 1.13 MW. REC Solar designed the project, and Seattle-based A&R Solar installed it. Deacon Corp. is managing the construction of the store, itself, which is slated to open in early spring.
“Installing the solar panels is another exciting and sustainable step in the progress toward opening this relocated Seattle-area IKEA store,” comments Diedre Goodchild, store manager. “IKEA strives to create a sustainable life for communities in which we operate, and our new Renton store is adding to this goal with Washington’s largest rooftop solar array.”
This array represents the 45th solar project for IKEA in the U.S., contributing to the IKEA solar presence atop nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, with a total generation goal of more than 40 MW. IKEA notes that it owns and operates each of its solar PV systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or power purchase agreement – and globally allocated $2.5 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2020. 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.