IKEA to install largest rooftop PV plant in Tennessee

Swedish retailer IKEA continues its global solar crusade, using, promoting and selling PV to its customers around the world. Yesterday, the company announced its 44th solar project in the U.S.

To date, IKEA has rooftop PV atop nearly 90% of its stores in the U.S., with a total capacity of more than 40 MW. This time, the company says, its new store will be using a 1.46 MW rooftop solar system, the largest rooftop PV in the state of Tennessee.

The IKEA Memphis store is opening later this year; and the installation of the PV system is expected to begin this summer. The array will be comprised of 4,424 panels that are expected to produce approximately 2 GWh of electricity for the store and reduce 1,406 tons of CO2 emissions annually.

Atlanta-based solar developer Hannah Solar has been chosen to design and install the system.

IKEA has already installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns approximately 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the U.S. The company has globally allocated $2.5 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2020.