IKEA has announced the completion of a 1.46 MW solar system atop its new Memphis, Tenn., store, which is opening later this fall.
Once commissioned, the project will be the largest solar rooftop project in Tennessee, according to the home furnishings giant, which adds that this array represents its 44th solar project in the U.S.
The store’s 250,675-square-foot solar array comprises 4,424 panels that will produce approximately 2 million kWh of electricity annually for the store – the equivalent of reducing 1,406 tons of carbon dioxide, says IKEA.
IKEA selected Atlanta-based Hannah Solar for the development, design and installation of the customized system. Linkous Construction is managing the site work and building of the store.
IKEA, which owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings (as opposed to a power purchase agreement), has allocated $2.5 billion globally to invest in renewable energy through 2020.
Across the world, the company says it has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings and owns approximately 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the U.S.