Commercial, Distributed Generation, Solar - September 16, 2016
IKEA installs Tennessee's largest rooftop solar project
IKEA on Sept. 16 announced the completion of a solar panel installation atop its Memphis, Tenn., store opening later this fall.
Once commissioned, the project — first announced in May — will be the largest solar rooftop array in Tennessee, the Swedish home furnishings retailer said in a news release. The store's 250,675-square-foot solar array consists of a 1.46 MW system, built with 4,424 panels that will produce approximately 2,000,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store.
Tennessee, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, installed 129 MW of solar in 2015, ranking it 20th in the country by installed capacity.
IKEA selected Atlanta-based Hanna Solar for the development, design and installation of the customized solar power system.
"Installing the solar panels is another exciting and sustainable step in the progress towards opening the future IKEA Memphis," store managerTrisha Bevering said in the release. "IKEA strives to create a sustainable life for communities where we operate, and IKEA Memphis is adding to this goal with Tennessee's largest rooftop solar array."