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January 20, 2017

New Ikea store outfitted with 3,268 solar panels

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Home furnishings retailer Ikea last week unveiled what it calls the largest solar rooftop array in the state at its store under construction in Renton.

The store's 244,000-square-foot array consists of a 1.13-megawatt system built with 3,268 solar panels. It is expected to eliminate 886 tons of carbon dioxide, which equates to taking 187 cars off the road or powering 131 homes yearly.

REC Solar designed the array and Seattle-based A&R Solar installed it. Deacon Corp. is managing construction of the 399,000-square-foot store that will open in early spring adjacent to Ikea's existing Renton store.

This is the 45th solar project that Ikea has built in the U.S. Nearly 90 percent of the company's buildings are covered with solar panels, and they generate more than 40 megawatts of power. Ikea owns and operates all of the systems.

Ikea has a goal of being energy independent by 2020. So far, it has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings around the world and owns about 300 wind turbines.

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