Ikea completes 2.85-MW rooftop solar system in Illinois
The Joliet distribution cetres. Photo by: Ikea (www.ikea.com).
Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has completed the installation of a 2.85-MW rooftop photovoltaic (PV) plant at a distribution facility it is building in Illinois.
Consisting of 9,036 panels, the array is one of the largest retail solar rooftop plants in the state, Ikea said on Wednesday.
The facility atop the Midwest distribution centre in Joliet city is expected to generate about 3.38 million kWh of electricity per year for the store, or enough to save 2,513 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
The Swedish firm owns and operates all solar systems on the roofs of its buildings. In line with its goal to become energy independent by 2020, it has committed to spend USD 2.5 billion (EUR 2.1bn) in renewables by the end of the decade. Ikea has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings globally and owns about 300 wind turbines, 104 of which are in the US.
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