The Swedish furniture giant is continuing its trend of installing some of the most massive rooftop solar arrays by installing a 1.18 megawatt solar array on its upcoming in Renton, WA, which will serve the Seattle area. When it’s completed it will be the largest rooftop solar array in the state.
“We are excited to further our sustainability commitment with solar panels on this relocated Seattle-area store,” said Diedre Goodchild, store manager. “Installing Washington’s largest rooftop array advances our vision of creating a better everyday life for the many.”
The company also recently announced that it was installing the largest solar rooftop in Tennessee, a 1.5 megawatt system, and last year year it installed the largest solar rooftop in Kansas, a 730 kilowatt array. With the new installation Ikea will have installed solar power at 44 of its buildings across the US or roughly 90 percent of its locations, making it one of the greenest companies operating in the country.
Ikea, however, is far from alone. Other big box store companies from Target to Walmart to Kohls are installing solar on their rooftops to help them save money and green their energy supply. In fact, there’s a push for more stores to go solar. Environment America introduced a new report “Solar On Superstores” showing that fully 62.3 gigawatts of solar power on stores across the country.
The project in Washington, which will owned by Ikea, is being installed by REC Solar. The company has chosen to own each of its solar arrays and is allocating $2.5 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2020 throughout its global footprint. At that point It plans to be energy independent. In addition to solar power the company also owns roughly 300 wind turbines, 104 of them in the US.
In the US Ikea has taken numerous other sustainability efforts. For instance it uses energy efficient measures throughout its buildings like skylights in its warehouse areas, recycles waste materials and uses recycled construction materials. It’s also encouraging its customers to be greener and has installed electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations at 14 stores and plans to install charging stations at more locations and it now only offers LED bulbs in its stores.Tweet