Published on March 28th, 2016 | by Dawn Killough
Largest Retail Solar Array in Nevada Belongs to IKEA
The new solar array recently installed on the roof of the soon-to-be-open IKEA store in Las Vegas is the largest retail solar array in Nevada. The store is set to open May 18, 2016.
The store’s 240,504 square foot solar power system is a 1.14 MW system, built with 3,620 panels, and will produce approximately 1,750,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 1,207 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – equal to the emissions of 254 cars or providing electricity for 166 homes yearly.
“IKEA strives to create a sustainable life for communities where we operate, and IKEA Las Vegas is adding to this goal with Nevada’s largest single-use retail rooftop solar array,” said Amy Jensen, IKEA store manager.
This array represents the 43rd solar project for IKEA in the US, contributing to the IKEA solar presence at nearly 90% of its US locations, with a total generation goal of 40 MW. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or PPA (power purchase agreement) – and globally has allocated more than $2 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2020.
Consistent with its goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 700,000 solar panels across the world and owns approximately 157 wind turbines in Europe and Canada, with 104 more in the US.
Globally, IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution.
Their US sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating environmental measures into the actual buildings with energy efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, skylights in warehouse areas, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, phasing-out the sale of incandescent light bulbs, facilitating recycling of customers’ compact fluorescent bulbs, and – as of 2016 – selling only LED bulbs. IKEA also has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 13 stores, with a roll-out planned for more locations.
The 26 acre Las Vegas site will house a 351,000 square foot store with 1300 parking spaces.
Source and Photo: BusinessWire