Home furnishings retailer Ikea has plans to install solar panels atop an upcoming store in Fishers, Indiana, US.
The panel installation currently underway is expected to be completed by August.
Claimed as the largest retail solar rooftop in Indiana, the store’s 219,000ft² solar array will consist of a 1.34MW system, fitted with 3,888 panels, and is estimated to have an annual electricity generation capacity of approximately 1,752,845kWh.
Estimates suggest that it is the equivalent of reducing 1,358t of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is equal to the emissions of 260 cars or supplying electricity for 182 homes a year.
Ikea US president Lars Petersson said: “We have a mission to create a better everyday life for the many, and IKEA Fishers can add to this goal with Indiana’s largest retail solar rooftop installation.”
Ikea has a solar power generation capacity of more than 42MW that is produced in 90% of the company’s US locations. The upcoming installation will be the 47th such project of the retailer. The photovoltaic energy systems are operated and owned by the company.
The company's budget for renewable energy is estimated at $2.5bn through 2020.
The store in Fishers is slated to open later this year.
Solar electric design and installation firm REC Solar has been selected for the development, design and installation of the new store’s solar power system, while the contract to build the store has been awarded to Pepper Constructions.
Image: Ikea to install Indiana's largest retail solar rooftop on a new store in Fishers, Indiana. Photo: courtesy of Ikea.