IKEA Memphis Goes Big on Solar



IKEA is planning the largest rooftop solar array in the state for its Memphis store.

The Swedish home furnishings retailer is building a massive (271,000 square feet) store close to the intersection of I-40 and Germantown Parkway, which is slated to open this fall.

The roof of the store will feature a 250,675 square-foot solar array. The 4,424 panels will pump out about 2 million kilowatts of power every year. That's enough to reduce 1,406 tons of carbon dioxide, equal to the emissions of 297 cars or providing electricity for 205 homes yearly, IKEA officials said in a statement.

“We are excited about furthering our sustainability commitment with solar panels on the future Memphis store,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. “At IKEA, we have a mission to create a better everyday life for the many, and IKEA Memphis can add to this goal with Tennessee’s largest rooftop solar array.”

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