IKEA has made a name for itself through the sale of neat, affordable household items. A trendsetter in home fashion, IKEA is now on the path to become a trendsetter when it comes to integrating solar into a home’s decor, but maybe not in the way you would think. Over the past few weeks, IKEA has installed solar energy systems at stores in Draper Utah, as well as two area stores in Chicago, Illinois.
Yesterday the company installed solar rooftop arrays on two Philadelphia area stores as well as its U.S. Service Office in Conshohocken, PA. The three solar arrays scale 286,300 square feet, comprise 9,198 solar panels and generate 2,208 kW. The systems were developed, designed and installed by Gehrlicher Solar America Corp.
To date IKEA has completed 29 U.S. solar projects that combined produce 38 megawatts of energy. In addition, 10 more locations are currently in the process of installing PV solar systems. IKEA owns and operates all of each solar PV energy systems and has allocated €590 million to invest in renewable energy over the next three years with a focus on solar and wind energy.
“This solar installation is another example of how we build on our ongoing sustainability commitment,” said Conshohocken store manager Kevin Bohon.
“A solar energy system atop the store reduces our carbon footprint and improves what we do today for a better tomorrow,” added Lisa Christensen, store manager in South Philadelphia.