IKEA is going to open its Las Vegas store on May 18, 2016. Atop of the retail, it is installed the largest single-use retail rooftop PV array in the state, with a capacity of 1.14MW.
IKEA selected Helix Electric, an award-winning electrical contractor and industry leader specializing in design-build and complex electrical projects in the U.S. for more than 30 years, to develop, design and install the customized solar power system on the rooftop of IKEA Las Vegas. R&O Construction is managing the site work and building of the actual store that will reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide.
The store’s 240,504-square-foot solar system comprises 3,620 panels, and will produce approximately 1,750,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 1,207 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – equal to the emissions of 254 cars or providing electricity for 166 homes yearly (calculated through EPA).
“Installing the solar panels is another exciting and sustainable step in the progress towards opening the future IKEA Las Vegas,” said Amy Jensen, store manager. “IKEA strives to create a sustainable life for communities where we operate, and IKEA Las Vegas is adding to this goal with Nevada’s largest single-use retail rooftop solar array.”
This array represents the 43rd solar project for IKEA in the U.S., contributing to the IKEA solar presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, with a total generation goal of 40 MW.