Home furnishings retailer IKEA announced Wednesday that it will install solar panels atop the store scheduled to open in the fall in Grand Prairie, the company’s second location to open in Dallas-Fort Worth.
It will be the fourth solar array for IKEA stores in the state of Texas, and the 48th installation in the U.S., IKEA said.
“IKEA has a mission to create a better everyday life for the many.”
“We are excited about furthering our sustainability commitment and a low-carbon society with solar panels on this Grand Prairie store,” IKEA U.S. President Lars Petersson said in a release. “IKEA has a mission to create a better everyday life for the many, and IKEA Grand Prairie can add to this goal while also keeping us the largest non-utility private solar owner in Texas.”
The array will produce roughly 2 million kilowatt-hours annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 1,406 tons of carbon dioxide — that’s equal to the emissions of 197 cars or providing electricity to 208 homes a year, the company said. The array will be 181,500 square feet in size and will consist of a 1.25 megawatt system with 2,800 large-format panels.
SunPower was chosen to develop, design, and install the array. MYCON Construction is building the store itself.
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