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Ikea continues to expand its solar portfolio

BY Marianne Wilson

A new solar project will make Ikea the largest non-utility solar owner in the state of Ohio.

The home furnishings giant plans to install solar panels atop its future store in Columbus, Ohio, due to open in summer 2017. It will be the second Ikea solar array in Ohio. The chain installed a 1.026-MW rooftop array at its Cincinnati-area store in 2012.

REC Solar will develop, design and install the solar power system at the Columbus store, which is being built by Pepper Construction.

The new Ikea’s 213,000-sq.-ft. solar array will consist of a 1.21 MW system, built with 3,546 panels, and will produce approximately 1,447,700 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 1,017 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).

“We are excited about furthering our sustainability commitment with solar panels on the future Columbus store,” said Lars Petersson, Ikea U.S. president. “At Ikea we have a mission to create a better everyday life for the many, and Ikea Columbus can add to this goal while also making us the largest non-utility solar owner in Ohio.”

The installation will represent the retailer’s 46th solar project in the United States, contributing to the Ikea solar presence atop nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, with a total generation of more than 40 MW. Ikea 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 has allocated $2.5 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2020, reinforcing its confidence and investment in solar photovoltaic technology.

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