June 2014 - IKEA, an international home furnishings retailer, extended its solar energy plans to a new store opening in the fall of 2014, in Merriam, KS, eight miles southwest of Kansas City. IKEA is partnering with SoCore Energy, a Chicago-based commercial solar developer, for the development, design, and installation of the photovoltaic (PV) system. The 92,000-square-foot solar array will consist of a 869.25-kW system, estimated to produce approximately 1,348,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of a 930-ton reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Globally, IKEA has allocated $1.8 billion in investments in renewable energy through 2015.
The Merriam installation will be the 41st solar project for IKEA in the United States. IKEA owns and operates each of its PV systems, and has a system at nearly 90 percent of its stores. The Merriam store will be also be the second IKEA in the United States with a geothermal component to its heating and cooling system.
Press Release - IKEA To Install Kansas's Largest Rooftop Solar Array On Future Kansas City - Area Store Opening Fall 2014 In Merriam, Kansas