IKEA Expands Maryland Rooftop Solar Array
IKEA has expanded the solar array atop its Perryville, Md., distribution center, the state’s largest such solar energy system. The array is double the size of the original project, which already was the state’s largest rooftop array.
The 467,618-sq-foot solar addition consists of a 2.2-MW system, built with 7,337 modules. It will produce 2,695,355 kWh annually. Including the existing system, the distribution center’s total 4.9-MW solar installation of 25,913 panels will generate 6,092,533 kWh yearly.
Last year, IKEA completed solar installations atop nearly 90 percent of its US buildings, with a generation goal of 38 MW. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems and globally has allocated $1.8 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015. IKEA has installed more than 550,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns/operates about 157 wind turbines in Europe and Canada. The company said its goal is to become energy independent by 2020.
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