Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has completed installation of a solar rooftop on its Midwest distribution centre, which is currently under construction in Joliet, Illinois, US.
The distribution centre features 268,920ft² solar array that consists of a 2.85MW system comprising 9,036 panels, which will have the capacity to annually generate nearly 3,377,000kWh of electricity for the facility.
Ikea noted that the solar rooftop will enable it to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) levels by 2,513t, which is equivalent to the emissions of 538 cars or providing electricity for 377 homes on an annual basis.
Ikea US president Lars Petersson said: “Investing in sustainable solutions is a vital part of our business model.
“Ikea aims to create a sustainable life for communities where we are located, and the Joliet distribution centre is a shining example of that goal.”
Upon completion of the Joliet facility, the retailer anticipates that it would further enhance its distribution network in the region.
Ikea owns and operates the solar PV energy systems atop its buildings and has allocated $2.5bn for this initiative.
The company is reported to have currently installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings worldwide and owns approximately 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the US, 49 of which are in Hoopeston, Illinois.