STORE SPACES

Ikea’s newest solar accomplishment

BY Marianne Wilson

Ikea continues to expand its U.S. footprint — and solar capabilities.

The home furnishings giant has opened a 290,000-sq.-ft. store in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. It is the company’s first store in the state and also boasts one of the largest rooftop solar arrays in the state.

The new solar array consists of a 1.63 MW system and is built with 4,716 panels. It will produce approximately 2,046,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store, which is equivalent to reducing 1,678 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), the emissions of 326 cars or providing electricity for 228 homes yearly. The installation is the retailer’s 52nd solar project in the United States, giving it a solar presence atop 90% of its U.S. locations, with a total generation of more than 42 MW.

Ikea operates 416 stores in 49 countries, including 48 in the United States.

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