Swedish retailer IKEA has announced plans to install what it says will be the largest retail solar rooftop in Indiana at the Fishers store set to open this fall. The 219,000 square-foot, 1.34 megawatt solar array will include nearly 4,000 solar panels.
IKEA says the array, which will be the retailer’s 47th solar project in the U.S., will produce more than 1.7 million kWh of electricity each year for the store, which is the equivalent of reducing 1,358 tons of carbon dioxide. It could also produce electricity for 182 homes annually.
"We are excited about furthering our sustainability commitment and contributing to a low-carbon society with solar panels on this Indianapolis-area store," said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. "At IKEA, 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."
The project is part of IKEA’s goal of becoming energy independent by 2020. The retailer has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings throughout the world and also owns about 300 wind turbines, more than 100 of them in the U.S.