IKEA’s rooftop solar system atop the recently opened facility in Merriam, Kansas is now operational. The 92,000-square-foot solar array consists of a 730.17-kW system, and is comprised of 2,394 panels. Additionally, the system is expected to offset 680 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).
IKEA contracted with SoCore Energy, a subsidiary of Edison International, for the development, design and installation of the store’s solar power system. The installation represents the 41st solar project for IKEA in the U.S, contributing to IKEA’s solar presence atop nearly 90 percent of its U.S. locations, and is consistent with the company’s goal of being energy independent by 2020. Additionally, the company has allocated $1.8 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015.
The store represents the second U.S. store, for IKEA, with a geothermal component to its heating and cooling system. Denver-area IKEA Centennial opened with geothermal in 2011.
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