IKEA has expanded its solar power portfolio with the installation of a new system at its has South Florida store in the city of Sunrise. The installation also marks the 35th completed solar project for the company in the U.S., with four installations at four more locations now in progress.
The new photovoltaic array is a 1 MW system with 4,300 panels. It will produce 1,500,000-kilowatt hours of electricity annually, which is estimated to prevent the equivalent of 1,100 tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.
Combined with IKEA projects already completed on top of its stores in Orlando and Tampa, the company is now the state’s largest non-utility solar power owner.
IKEA has installed 250,000 solar panels on its buildings around the world, and owns and operates 110 wind turbines in Europe.
Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.