IKEA announces plans to install solar atop future Grand Prairie store
IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced plans to install solar atop its future Grand Prairie, TX store opening Fall 2017 as the company’s second Dallas-Fort Worth-area store. Panel installation will begin this summer, with completion expected in early Fall for what will be the fourth IKEA solar array in the State of Texas.
The Grand Prairie store’s 181,500-square-foot solar array will consist of a 1.25 MW system, built with 2,800 large format panels, and will produce approximately 2,000,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 1,406 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – equal to the emissions of 197 cars or providing electricity for 208 homes yearly (calculating clean energy equivalents at
“We are excited about furthering our sustainability commitment and a low-carbon society with solar panels on this Grand Prairie store,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. “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.”
IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, believes it can do good business while minimizing impacts on the environment. Globally, IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution.