IKEA completes largest rooftop solar array in state
The largest rooftop solar array in the state of Kansas was recently plugged in at IKEA in Merriam.
The 92,000-square-foot solar array consists of a 730.17-kW DC system, comprised of 2,394 panels, and will produce approximately 986,800 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 680 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – equal to the emissions of 143 cars or providing electricity for 94 homes yearly.
IKEA, for the development, design and installation of the store’s solar power system, contracted with Chicago-based SoCore Energy.
“Plugging-in this solar array is an exciting milestone to follow-up on our successful opening last fall,” said Rob Parsons, IKEA Merriam store manager. “IKEA strives to create a sustainable life for communities where we operate, so we are proud IKEA Merriam now has solar power for our electricity besides geothermal technology to heat and cool the building.”
This installation is the 41st solar project for IKEA in the U.S, contributing to the IKEA solar presence atop nearly 90% of its U.S. locations. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or power purchase agreement and globally has allocated $1.8 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015. The company’s goal is to be energy independent by 2020.
The 359,000 square-foot IKEA Merriam, with 1,200 parking spaces, opened in Sept. of 2014 on 19 acres along the eastern side of Interstate-35 and Johnson Drive.