IKEA plans 1.28-MW solar system atop its new St. Louis store

Home furnishing retailer IKEA said Jan. 14 that it plans a large rooftop solar array on its St. Louis store that will be opening in Fall 2015.

Panel installation will begin this Spring, with completion before the store’s opening, making the project the largest rooftop solar array in Missouri. Under construction on 21 acres along Interstate-64 at Vandeventer Avenue, the 380,000 square-foot future IKEA St. Louis, and 1,300 parking spaces, will open Fall 2015 in the City’s Cortex Innovation District.

The store’s 259,000-square-foot solar array will consist of a 1.28-MW system, built with 4,085 panels, and will produce approximately 1,780,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store. For the development, design and installation of this solar power system, IKEA selected Inovateus Solar LLC, an industry-leading solar power distributor and integrator specializing in large-scale solar installations.

“We are excited about furthering our sustainability commitment with solar panels on the future St. Louis store,” said Rob Olson, IKEA U.S. CFO. “At IKEA, we have a mission to create a better everyday life for the many, and IKEA St. Louis can add to this goal with Missouri’s largest rooftop solar array.”

This installation will represent the 42nd solar project for IKEA in the U.S, contributing to the IKEA solar presence atop nearly 90% of its U.S. 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 $1.8bn to invest in renewable energy through 2015. 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 about 157 wind turbines in Europe and Canada, with 104 more being built in the U.S.

There are currently more than 360 IKEA stores in 47 countries, including 40 in the U.S.

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