IKEA to install Washington state’s largest rooftop solar facility

IKEA, a home furnishings retailer, on Aug. 24 announced plans to install solar panels atop the relocated Seattle-area store under construction in Renton, Wash.

Installation will begin this fall, with completion expected in winter for the largest rooftop solar array in the state of Washington. The store’s 244,504-square-foot solar array will consist of a 1.18-MW system, built with 3,420 panels, and will produce approximately 1,319,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store.

For the development, design and installation of the new store’s solar power system, IKEA said it selected REC Solar, a national leader in solar electric design and installation with more than 530 systems built across the U.S. Deacon Corp. is managing the construction of the store.

This installation will represent the 44th solar project for IKEA in the United States, contributing to the IKEA solar presence atop nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, with a total generation of more than 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 $2.5 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2020. 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 approximately 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the U.S.

The future 399,000-square-foot new Renton store, including 1,600 parking spaces, is being built across the 29-acre IKEA parcel’s parking lot in Renton, near State Highway 167, approximately 11 miles southeast of downtown Seattle.

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