Ikea solar roof

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea continues its drive to power its stores with on-site renewables with a new rooftop solar installation in Spain.

The 480 solar panels on the roof of Ikea’s store in Sabadell, Barcelona produce around 158,000 kWh per year, which the store consumes on-site.

Ikea has installed rooftop solar on five of its Spanish stores this year, using solar panels from REC, the largest European solar panel supplier. REC says its Spanish installations for Ikea generate around 12,000 kWh per year.

Ikea The new solar installations are part of the “Ikea renewable” project, launched in 2007 and designed to ensure that each Ikea store can generate enough power from renewable sources to cover its own demand. Since its launch, the project has reduced Ikea’s power bill by almost €2m per year, and achieved energy savings of 11,795 MWh, the company says.

Ikea’s latest investment in on-site solar power comes at a time when Spain’s solar market is in disarray following retroactive feed-in tariff cuts and a profits cap for renewable energy producers. ‘Against this backdrop, projects such as Ikea’s offer a promising vein of opportunity to the solar industry,’ REC said.

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