IKEA has long been known for its environmentalist leanings, with its most recent landmark the completion of Tennessees largest rooftop solar PV installation. Its part of the companys global strategy to not only be energy efficient, but actively take part in renewable energy markets.
The impressive 1.46 MW array, which includes 4,424 modules, was developed, designed and installed by Atlanta-based solar installer Hannah Solar. The system is pride of place onto top of the new Memphis store, and shall go online once the store opens in Autumn.
Installing the solar panels is another exciting and sustainable step in the progress towards opening the future IKEA Memphis, commented store manager Trisha Bevering. IKEA strives to create a sustainable life for communities where we operate, and IKEA Memphis is adding to this goal with Tennessees largest rooftop solar array.
A bastion for the green energy revolution, incredibly, it is the home furnishing retailers 44th solar project in the U.S. alone. In fact, solar installations can now be found at almost 90% of its U.S. stores. These installations have a huge combined capacity of 40 MW. And it sounds like more projects are on their way across the companys global stores, as it has allocated $2.5 billion to invest in renewable energy up until 2020.
Across the Atlantic in the U.K., the Swedish company recently began selling solar systems in its Solar Shops, which launched in three of its stores and online. This could be just the beginning, as earlier in the year the company said that it has aspirations of becoming the worlds leading residential solar retailer.