STOUGHTON, Mass. — IKEA has officially plugged-in an expanded solar energy array atop its Boston-area store that opened nine years ago in Stoughton, Massachusetts. The 51,516-square-foot solar panel addition consists of a 318-kW system built with 1,248 panels, and will produce 385,900 kWh more electricity annually for the store. This solar expansion sits atop a 58,575-square-foot store extension completed last summer. Now, IKEA Stoughton’s total 908.8-kW solar installation of 5,468 panels will generate 1,080,900 kWh of clean electricity yearly.

For the development, design, and installation of this store’s enhanced solar power system, IKEA contracted with Gehrlicher Solar America Corp., a leading solar energy system integrator in the Americas and a company of the multinational M+W Group.

“We are pleased our newly expanded store created the opportunity to expand the rooftop solar array,” said Anton van Dongen, store manager. “We are proud to make this investment, to grow our local sustainable footprint, and to contribute to the IKEA goal of energy independence.”

Expanding this array contributes to the IKEA solar presence of nearly 90 percent of its U.S. locations with a total generation goal of 40 MW. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings — as opposed to a solar lease or power purchase agreement (PPA) — and globally has allocated $1.8 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015. Consistent with the goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns approximately 157 wind turbines in Europe and Canada, with 104 more being built in the U.S. Other IKEA arrays have been expanded as well.

IKEA Stoughton was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and hosts a green roof atop the store adjacent to where the solar panels were installed originally, as well as the expanded array now completed.

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Publication date: 4/13/2015

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