The newest IKEA store to come to Nevada provides more than home furnishings to the area. The store will also host the state’s largest single use solar rooftop array by a retailer.
The installation of the panels will begin in the winter. The project is expected to be complete in the spring. The store is slated to open in the summer of 2016.
In the U.S., nearly 90 percent of IKEA stores have a rooftop solar array. The Nevada installation will be their 43rd solar project in the country. IKEA owns and operates each of its rooftop solar PV systems outright.
“We are excited about furthering our sustainability commitment with solar panels on the future Las Vegas store,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. “At IKEA, we have a mission to create a better everyday life for the many, and IKEA Las Vegas can add to this goal with Nevada’s largest rooftop solar array.”
The company’s goal is to reach 40 MW of solar generation. IKEA has allocated $1.9 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015.
To achieve their goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed over 700,000 solar panels on buildings worldwide and owns around 300 wind turbines – 104 of them in the U.S.
Helix Electric will provide the development, design and installation of the solar system.