Global home furnishings retailer IKEA has officially plugged-in its latest solar energy system, installed at its Pittsburgh-area store in Robinson Township, Pennsylvania, US.

The 86,800 ft2 (8100 m2) photovoltaic (PV) array consists of a 694 kW system, comprising 2884 panels, and will produce approximately 852,200 kWh of electricity annually.

For the development, design and installation of the Pittsburgh store’s customized solar power system, IKEA contracted with REC Solar Inc., an expert in solar electric system design and installation, with more than 8000 systems built across the US.

“This solar energy system will help reduce the store’s carbon footprint and represents another investment toward our future in this community. We appreciate the support of the Robinson Township, PECO and REC Solar Inc., our partners in this project,” said Terri Noble, store manager.

According to IKEA, this latest investment reinforces the company’s long-term commitment to sustainability and confidence in PV technology.

Including this system now operational at IKEA Pittsburgh, the retailer has 22 completed solar energy projects in the US, with 17 more locations underway, making its eventual solar presence close to 89 per cent, with a total generation of 38 MW.

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