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Ikea wraps up solar installation atop future Miami store
In preparation of the grand opening of its new store here this summer, Swedish home furnishings chain Ikea has completed the installation of what it claims to be South Florida’s largest solar array on the rooftop of the location.
Ikea’s other Florida stores are in Orlando, Tampa and Sunrise. With the fourth site, Ikea stands as the state’s largest non-utility solar owner.
The new 178,000-square-foot solar array consists of a 1,178-kW system, built with 4,620 panels, will produce approximately 1,738,876 kWh of electricity annually for the store – the equivalent of reducing 1,227 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), equal to the emissions of 256 cars or providing electricity for 169 homes yearly, according to the retailer.
This installation will represent the 40th solar project for Ikea in the U.S, contributing to the Ikea solar presence atop nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, and a total generation of 38 MW.
The 416,000 square-foot future Ikea Miami, with 1,500 parking spaces, is being built on 14.6 acres adjacent to the Dolphin Mall, at the intersection of the Dolphin Expressway (SR 836) and Florida’s Turnpike.
Source: Home & Textiles Today