IKEA to install Washington's largest rooftop solar array on relocated store (Photo: Business Wire)
Swedish furniture retailer Ikea said on Tuesday a 1.21-MW solar power system on the rooftop of its new Ohio store is now operational.
The photovoltaic (PV) installation consists of 3,546 panels that are expected to produce over 1.4 million kWh of electricity and help offset around 1,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.
REC Solar was contracted to develop, design and install the array, while Pepper Construction is building the store itself. The Columbus facility is planned to be open this summer, the Swedish firm said.
The PV plant is Ikea's 46th solar project in the US. The company has solar panels atop almost 90% of its locations in the country with a combined capacity of over 40 MW. Ikea, which aims to be energy independent by 2020, has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings globally and owns about 300 wind turbines.
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