IKEA store construction goes green

An IKEA store under construction in Centennial, Colo., incorporated solar and geothermal energy in its construction plans, the company said.

Pending governmental permits, installation of solar panels on the store’s roof will begin next month, with completion by grand opening, scheduled for fall of this year. 

The solar energy system for the 415,000-sq.-ft. location will be designed and built by REC Solar, one of the largest U.S. solar electric providers.

The 60,000-sq.-ft. solar array will consist of a 498-kW system, built with 2,212 panels, and will produce approximately 740,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store.

The company said the power produced from the system is equivalent to reducing 586 tons of carbon dioxide and equal to the emissions of 102 cars, or providing electricity for 64 homes yearly.

The furniture and cabinet retailer already has solar energy systems in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Pittsburgh; and Tempe, Ariz., and is installing systems at eight existing locations in California and two stores on the East Coast. Additionally, the Centennial location will be the first U.S. IKEA store to integrate a geothermal component as part of its heating/cooling system.

“We are excited about furthering our sustainability commitment with solar panels on the future Centennial store,” said Doug Greenholz, IKEA U.S. real estate manager. “Similar to geothermal, solar energy will reduce greatly the new store’s energy costs and carbon footprint, as well as contribute to our vision of creating a better everyday life for many.” 

There are currently more than 300 IKEA stores in 38 countries, including 37 in the United States.

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