Commercial, Distributed Generation, Solar - January 11, 2017
IKEA completes 45th US rooftop solar project
Photo of IKEA's 1.13 MW rooftop solar project atop its relocated Seattle-area store courtesy of IKEA.
Home furnishings retailer IKEA recently completed its 45th U.S. project, a 1.13 MW rooftop system atop its Renton, Wash., store near Seattle that the company says is the largest in the state.
The installation contributes to the presence of rooftop solar at nearly 90% of IKEA's U.S. locations and a total generation goal of more than 40 MW, the company said in a Jan. 11 news release.
"Installing the solar panels is another exciting and sustainable step in the progress towards opening this relocated Seattle-area IKEA store," Diedre Goodchild, the Seattle-area store's manager said in a statement. "IKEA strives to create a sustainable life for communities in which we operate, and our new Renton store is adding to this goal with Washington's largest rooftop solar array."
The Swedish company owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings as opposed to a solar lease or power purchase agreement.
, reinforcing its confidence and investment in solar photovoltaic technology. Consistent with the goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA 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.