IKEA last week plugged in the solar energy system at its distribution center at Perryville, about 20 miles west of Newark. The system is the largest rooftop system in Maryland.
The 768,972-square-foot system consists of 18,576 panels. The IKEA distribution center will produce approximately 3.4 million kilowatt hours a year. That figure is the equivalent of eliminating the emissions of 499 cars or powering 359 homes for a year. This installation represents the 36th completed solar project for IKEA in the U.S. IKEA. Adding in current and future projects, the installations will power nearly 90 percent of its U.S. locations with total generation of 38 megawatts. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings and globally has allocated $1.8 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015.
IKEA has installed more than 250,000 solar panels on buildings across the world, and owns and operates approximately 110 wind turbines in Europe.
For the development, design and installation of the Perryville distribution center’s customized solar power system, IKEA contracted with Inovateus Solar LLC.
“As one of the largest rooftop arrays in the country, this installation will ensure that the IKEA Perryville distribution center consumes very little power from the electric grid,” said Ed Morris, Perryville Distribution Center manager. “IKEA is thrilled at this opportunity to further our investment in this community while also continuing our commitment of incorporating sustainability into our supply chain operations. We appreciate the continued support of the City of Perryville, Cecil County, Delmarva Power, and Inovateus Solar, our partners in this project.”
Constructed on 278 acres near Perryville, the 1.7 million-square-foot IKEA distribution center began operations in 2002, employs approximately 550 and currently helps provide inventory to many U.S. IKEA stores. IKEA was founded in Sweden in 1943. There are currently more than 330 IKEA stores in 40 countries, including 38 in the U.S., as well as six distribution centers in North America. The company is the world’s largest furniture retailer. For more information, see IKEA-USA.com.