Commercial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables - November 30, 2016
IKEA to be Ohio's largest nonutility solar owner
Photo, provided by IKEA, of the company's Columbus, Ohio, store.
Continuing to plow forward in the implementation of clean technologies throughout its facilities, IKEA has announced plans for its second rooftop solar installation in Ohio.
The home furnishings retailer said in a Nov. 30 news release that it will begin installing a 1.21-MW system early next year at its Columbus, Ohio, store set to open in the summer of 2017. The 213,000-square-foot solar array is being developed, designed and installed by REC Solar, and will produce approximately 1,447,700 kWh of electricity annually for the store, according to the release.
Once the project is complete, IKEA says it will be the largest nonutility solar owner in Ohio; the company installed a 1.026-MW rooftop array at the Cincinnati-area IKEA West Chester store in 2012.
IKEA says the Columbus store installation marks the company's 46th solar project in the U.S., contributing to solar presence atop nearly 90% of its stores in the country, with a total generation of more than 40 MW. Toward a corporate goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA said it has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns approximately 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the U.S.