IKEA to Nearly Double Maryland’s Largest Rooftop Array

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IKEA plans to nearly double the solar array atop its Perryville, Maryland distribution center, the state’s largest such solar energy system. Installation will begin this month, with completion expected after the New Year. The solar expansion will consist of a 2.2MW system that will produce roughly 2,695,000 kWh of electricity per year. That will bring the distribution center’s installation to 4.9MW, generating about 6,093,500 kWh of electricity annually.

Home furnishings giant IKEA plans to nearly double the solar array atop its Perryville, Maryland distribution center, the state’s largest such solar energy system. Installation of the new panels will begin this month, and completion is expected after the New Year. The 467,618-square-foot solar expansion will consist of a 2.2MW system, built with approximately 7,300 modules. The addition will produce roughly 2,695,000 kWh of electricity per year.

Together with the solar array completed in April this year, the addition will bring the total solar installation at the distribution center to 4.9MW, consisting of approximately 25,900 panels. Together, the systems will generate about 6,093,533 kWh of electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 4,299 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), eliminating the emissions of 896 cars, or powering 591 homes. 

For the development, design, and installation of the Perryville distribution center’s current and expanded solar power system, IKEA contracted with Inovateus Solar, a solar power distributor and integrator specializing in large-scale solar installations.

The solar expansion is consistent with the IKEA’s goal of being energy independent by 2020. The firm has installed over 300,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns and operates approximately 137 wind turbines in Europe.

Last Spring, IKEA achieved its goal of completing solar installations on top of about 90% of its U.S. buildings (39 out of 44 locations), with a generation goal of 38MW. IKEA owns and operates each of the solar systems and globally has allocated $1.8 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015.

“We are pleased at the opportunity to nearly double the solar energy generated by this facility,” said Steffen Daab, distribution center manager. “This is another example of our commitment to create a more sustainable life for communities where we operate.”

Constructed on 278 acres in the community of Perryville, in Northern Maryland’s Cecil County, this 1.7 million-square-foot IKEA distribution center began operations in 2002. The center employs approximately 550 workers, and currently helps provide inventory to many U.S. IKEA stores. This amount of solar power will allow the facility to mostly use its own energy.

Early in October, IKEA also expanded the solar array on top of its store in Stoughton, MA. In mid-October, SEIA and Vote Solar’s annual Solar Means Business report ranked IKEA as the fifth top corporate solar user.