Since IKEA announced its intention to install rooftop solar systems at several of its California locations last October, we’ve been anticipating news of completed installations. Now we learn that one of IKEA’s eight California solar projects, specifically the installation at its distribution center in Tejon, California, has been completed and is actively converting the sun rays into electricity for the company.
The project at IKEA’s 1.8 million-square-foot distribution facility is said to have a 1.8 megawatt generating capacity and occupy 370,000 square feet of the building’s roof. The system uses 7,980 solar panels which were installed by California-based REC Solar and is expected to generate about 2.88 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, making the system the second largest commercial rooftop installation in the state and one of the top ten largest in the nation.
IKEA notes that this system represents its fifth functioning solar installation so far. The other four solar systems are running at its stores in Burbank, CA, Pittsburgh, PA and Tempe, AZ and Brooklyn, NY.
The company also says it has another nine solar projects in progress, including its Denver, Colorado store set to open later this year with a geothermal system in place as well.