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August 25, 2016

Ikea to install solar panels on Renton store in Washington

Ikea plans to install solar panels atop of the relocated Seattle-area store, which is under construction in Renton, Washington, US.

Ikea plans to install solar panels atop of the relocated Seattle-area store, which is under construction in Renton, Washington, US.

Installation will begin shortly, with completion expected by the end of this year.

The store’s 244,504ft² solar array will comprise a 1.18MW system with 3,420 panels, and will annually produce approximately 1,319,000kWh of electricity for the store, which is the equivalent of reducing 927t of carbon dioxide.

“Installing Washington’s largest rooftop array advances our vision of creating a better everyday life for the many.”

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

Ikea store manager Diedre Goodchild said: “Installing Washington’s largest rooftop array advances our vision of creating a better everyday life for the many.”

This installation will be the 44th solar project for Ikea in the US.

The retailer owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings and globally has allocated $2.5bn to invest in renewable energy through 2020.

In line with the goal of being energy independent by 2020, Ikea has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings  worldwide and owns approximately 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the US.

The 399,000ft² new Renton store is being built near State Highway 167, approximately 11 miles south-east of downtown Seattle.

The store will open next year.