Today, IKEA plugged its 2.7 megawatt solar array into the PJM system. The Swedish company is showing Americans how it is done in Sweden with 18,576 PV panels on the roof of its distribution center in Perryville, MD.
IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today officially plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its distribution center in Perryville, Maryland.
This installation represents the 36(th) completed solar project for IKEA in the U.S., with three more locations underway, making the eventual U.S. solar presence of IKEA nearly 90% of its U.S. locations with a total generation of 38 MW. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings — as opposed to a solar lease or PPA (power purchase agreement) — and globally has allocated $1.8 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015. This investment reinforces the long-term commitment of IKEA to sustainability and confidence in photovoltaic (PV) technology. Consistent with the company’s goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 250,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns/operates approximately 110 wind turbines in Europe.
Across the US, IKEA now produces 80% of its own power from its own PV systems.