IKEA doubles the size of the rooftop solar array at their Perryville, Maryland distribution center. It is the largest rooftop array in the state, totaling almost 5 MW in size. IKEA has now installed solar on 90% of its U.S. buildings.
IKEA, the furniture (and increasingly solar) giant, today officially plugged in an expansion of the solar array completed last April atop its Perryville, Maryland distribution center. The expansion, which began in the fall of last year, was already the state’s largest rooftop array and has now been nearly doubled in size. This is similar to what IKEA has done with its Denver store, where it is also the largest installation in the state.
The 467,618-square-foot solar addition consists of a 2.2 MW system, built with 7,337 modules, and will produce 2,695,355 kWh of electricity annually. Including the existing system, this distribution center’s total 4.9 MW solar installation of 25,913 panels now will generate 6,092,533 kWh of electricity yearly, the equivalent of preventing 4,299 tons of CO2 emissions.
For the development, design, and installation of the distribution center’s original and expanded solar power system, IKEA contracted with Inovateus Solar LLC, an industry-leading solar power distributor and integrator specializing in large-scale solar installations.
Last year, IKEA achieved its goal of completing solar installations atop nearly 90% of its U.S. buildings (39 out of 44 locations), with a generation goal of 38 MW, consistent with their goal to become energy independent by 2020. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems, as opposed to a solar lease or PPA, and globally has allocated $1.8 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015. This investment reinforces the company’s long-term commitment to sustainability and confidence in PV technology.
“We are fortunate to have the roof spaces and corporate commitment to nearly double the energy being generated by this facility,” said Steffen Daab, distribution center manager. “We are proud to make this investment and to grow our local sustainable footprint.” It must be remembered though that this is a business decision by IKEA. With constantly increasing electricity costs, it simply makes sense for IKEA to invest in solar arrays for its stores.