Furniture giant IKEA announces the completion of South Florida’s largest solar array. The 178,000-square-foot 1178 kW system, designed and installed by REC Solar, will produce approximately 1,738,876 kWh of electricity annually for the store.
Florida gets a lot of sun, but the Sunshine State doesn’t have enough solar power to get on the list of Top 10 Solar States.
Enter furniture giant IKEA, which is also becoming a solar giant. The company recently announced plans to build the largest PV array in another state not known for solar power, Kansas. Today, IKEA announced the completion of South Florida’s largest solar array. The array is atop the future Miami-Dade IKEA store, opening this summer in Sweetwater.
Combined with rooftop arrays in Orlando, Tampa and Sunrise, this fourth solar project will maintain IKEA’s position as the state’s largest non-utility solar owner.
The 178,000-square-foot 1178 kW system was built with 4620 panels. It will produce approximately 1,738,876 kWh of electricity annually for the store, enough to power 169 homes — and the equivalent of preventing 1,227 tons of CO2 emissions, or taking 256 cars off the road.
Solar provider REC Solar developed, designed, and installed the customized solar system.
This installation will represent the 40th solar project for IKEA in the U.S, contributing to the IKEA solar presence atop nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, and a total generation of 38 MW. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems and globally has allocated $1.8 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015. This investment reinforces the long-term commitment of IKEA to sustainability and confidence in PV technology.
“Completing this solar array is an exciting milestone as we prepare to open IKEA Miami this summer,” said Selwyn Crittendon, IKEA Miami store manager. “IKEA strives to create a sustainable life for communities where we operate, so we are proud this new store will generate solar power while offering our unique selection of affordable home furnishings.”