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New Las Vegas IKEA home to Nevada's largest retail solar array

An array of solar panels atop a new IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, will be the largest of its kind in Nevada, according to a press release.

The store in Las Vegas opens in May, and its 240,504-square-foot solar array comprises a 1.14 MW system, built with 3,620 panels, and will produce approximately 1,750,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the release said. That’s the equivalent of reducing 1,207 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – equal to the emissions of 254 cars or providing electricity for 166 homes yearly.

For the development, design and installation of IKEA Las Vegas’ customized solar power system, IKEA selected Helix Electric, an award-winning electrical contractor and industry leader specializing in design-build and complex electrical projects in the United States for more than 30 years. R&O Construction is managing the site work and building of the actual store that will reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide.

“IKEA strives to create a sustainable life for communities where we operate, and IKEA Las Vegas is adding to this goal with Nevada’s largest single-use retail rooftop solar array,” said Amy Jensen, store manager.

The Las Vegas array represents the 43rd solar project for IKEA in the United States, contributing to the IKEA solar presence at nearly 90 percent of its U.S. locations, with a total generation goal of 40 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 more than $2 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2020, reinforcing its confidence and investment in solar photovoltaic technology. Consistent with the goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 700,000 solar panels across the world and owns approximately 157 wind turbines in Europe and Canada, with 104 more in the U.S.

The 351,000-square-foot IKEA in Las Vegas sits on 26 acres of land and contains 1,300 parking spaces.

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