IKEA, has announced plans to install solar panels atop the relocated Seattle-area store under construction in Renton, WA. Installation will begin this fall, with completion expected in winter for the largest rooftop solar array in Washington State.
The store’s 244,504-square-foot solar array will consist of a 1.18 MW system. It will be built with 3,420 panels, and will produce approximately 1,319,000 kWh of electricity annually. This is the equivalent of reducing 927 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). It is equal to the emissions of 196 cars or providing electricity for 137 homes yearly.
For the development, design and installation of the new store’s solar power system, IKEA selected REC Solar. The company is a national leader in solar electric design and installation with more than 530 systems.
“We are excited to further our sustainability commitment with solar panels on this relocated Seattle-area store,” said Diedre Goodchild, store manager.
Installing Washington’s largest rooftop array advances our vision of creating a better everyday life for the many.
Washington’s Largest Rooftop Solar Array.
This installation will represent the 44th solar project for IKEA in the United States. It’s contribution to the IKEA solar presence atop nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, is a total generation of more than 40 MW. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings. $2.5 billion has been allocated by the company globally to invest in renewable energy through 2020.
Consistent with the goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns approximately 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the U.S.
IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, believes it can do good business while minimizing impacts on the environment.
Specific U.S. sustainable efforts include:
- recycling waste material;
- incorporating environmental measures into the actual buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems,
- recycled construction materials,
- skylights in warehouse areas,
- water-conserving restrooms;
- eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process,
- selling only LED bulbs.
- IKEA has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 14 stores, with more locations planned.
The future 399,000-square-foot new Renton store, including 1,600 parking spaces, is being built across the 29-acre IKEA parcel’s parking lot in Renton. Located near State Highway 167, the new store is approximately 11 miles southeast of downtown Seattle.