IKEA is ramping up its solar generation capacity in the United Stated with the latest announcement of planning to install a 1.89MW solar array on top of its future Jacksonville store, which will be opening in Fall 2017. This solar rooftop will be IKEA’s fifth solar array in the State of Florida.
IKEA selected REC Solar to provide development, design and installation services. The construction will begin this summer and the system will be completed in early Fall, ahead of the store’s opening. IKEA will own and operate it.
“We are excited about furthering our sustainability commitment and contributing to a low-carbon society with solar atop our future Jacksonville store,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. “We have a mission to create a better everyday life for the many, and IKEA Jacksonville can add to this goal and keep us Florida’s largest non-utility private solar owner.”
The Jacksonville store PV rooftop will consist 5,472 panels, and is expected to generate approximately 2,753,070kWh of electricity per year for the store, equivalent of reducing 2,133 tons of CO2 emissions. In addition, this solar array will become the 49th solar project for IKEA in the United States, contributing to the IKEA solar presence atop nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, with a total generation of more than 42 MW.