Home furnishings retailer Ikea has plans to install solar panels atop its store in Jacksonville, Florida, US, which will open by the end of this year.

This will be the fifth Ikea store to feature solar panels in the state of Florida.

The Jacksonville store’s 251,206ft² solar array will comprise a 1.89MW system built with 5,472 panels and annually generate 2,753,070kWh of power, which is the equivalent of reducing 2,133t of carbon dioxide (CO2).

Ikea has chosen REC Solar for the development, design and installation of the new store’s solar power system.

REC Solar has installed more than 600 systems across the US.

“We have a mission to create a better everyday life for the many, and Ikea Jacksonville can add to this goal and keep us Florida’s largest non-utility private solar owner.”

Marcobay Construction is constructing the store.

Ikea US president Lars Petersson said: “We have a mission to create a better everyday life for the many, and Ikea Jacksonville can add to this goal and keep us Florida’s largest non-utility private solar owner.”

This installation will represent the 49th solar project for the retailer in the US.

The 290,000ft² Jacksonville store will feature 950 parking spaces. The store will be built on 25 acres along the northwestern corner of Interstate 295 and Gate Parkway.

Ikea has also stores in Sunrise and Sweetwater, Florida.


Image: Ikea to install solar panels atop future Jacksonville, Florida, store opening late 2017. Photo: courtesy of Ikea.