LAS VEGAS — IKEA has announced plans to install a solar power system atop its Las Vegas store opening summer 2016. Panel installation will begin this winter, with completion expected in spring for what will be the largest single-use rooftop solar array by a retailer in the state of Nevada. The 351,000-square-foot future IKEA Las Vegas currently is under construction.

The store’s 240,504-square-foot solar array will be a 1.14 MW system, built with 3,620 panels, and will produce approximately 1,750,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store.

For the development, design, and installation of IKEA Las Vegas’ customized solar power system, IKEA selected Helix Electric, an electrical contractor specializing in design-build and complex electrical projects in the U.S. R&O Construction is managing the site work and building of the actual store.

“We are excited about furthering our sustainability commitment with solar panels on the future Las Vegas 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 Las Vegas can add to this goal with Nevada’s largest rooftop solar array.”

This installation will represent the 43rd solar project for IKEA in the United States, contributing to the IKEA solar presence atop 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 and globally has allocated $1.9 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015, reinforcing its confidence in solar photovoltaic technology. 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 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the U.S.

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Publication date: 11/6/2015

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