Jun 19, 2013 - Swedish furniture retailer IKEA said on Tuesday it planned to install 623 kW of additional rooftop solar panels at its store in Centennial, Colorado, boosting the current capacity of its solar system there to 1.1 MW.
Ikea already has a 498-kW solar array at the rooftop of its Centennial outlet, which consists of 2,212 photovoltaic (PV) panels, capable of generating 740,000 kWh of power each year. Now the Swedish retailer intends to add 2,492 panels, which will generate 961,000 kWh of electricity per year. Together with the already existing PV system, Ikea will have 4,704 panels, estimated to produce 1.7 MWh of power a year and mitigate 1,200 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
US grid-tied solar systems provider REC Solar Inc will be in charge of the development, design and installation of the PV plant. New panel installation at the store, which was launched two years ago, can be started in July and finished by the autumn of 2013, Ikea said.
At present 90% of Ikea's US stores have been equipped with solar facilities with a combined capacity of 38 MW. The company plans USD 1.8 billion (EUR 1.3bn) of investment in renewable energy capacity through 2015, part of its target to become energy independent by 2020.
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