Could this Denver-area IKEA store, currently under construction, get any greener? First we reported that it would feature geothermal heating and cooling. Now we’ve received word that this store will also join the big-box retailer’s stores in Brooklyn, NY, Pittsburgh, PA, and Tempe, AZ, in featuring solar power systems. (And, of course, like all IKEA stores, you’ll no longer be able to purchase energy-hogging incandescents here.)
The store in question, located in Centennial, CO, will begin solar panel installation next month, pending governmental permits, and will come online for the grand opening in the fall of this year. The nation’s largest solar electric provider, REC Solar has been brought on board to design, build and install this 60,000-square-foot rooftop, 498 kilowatt capacity solar array featuring 2,212 panels. This array is expected to produce approximately 740,000 kilowatt-hours of juice on an annual basis, helping the store offset its carbon footprint by 586 tons of carbon dioxide per year.
Energy generated via solar here will help to power a massive 415,000-square-foot store featuring “10,000 exclusively designed items, three model home interiors, 50 room settings, a supervised children’s play area,” and, should you get a hankering while shopping for such Swedish specialties as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, a 500 seat restaurant.
Soon, similar systems will also help to power eight existing IKEA stores in California and two stores on the East Coast. And, for those keeping count, there are currently more than 300 IKEA stores in 38 countries, including 37 in the U.S.