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Ikea Augments Colorado Solar Bright Spot

Ikea plans to expand the solar array atop its Denver-area store, one that opened just two years ago in Centennial, CO. Installation of new solar panels on the roof’s remaining space should begin next month with completion expected by fall, the retailer reported.

The installation already is the largest single-use rooftop array on a commercial building, Ikea stated. The expansion project will make it Colorado’s largest rooftop array of any use, the retailer noted.

The 83,700-square-foot solar addition, Ikea maintained, will consist of a 623-kilowatt system built with 2,492 panels producing 961,000 kilowatts of electricity annually for the store. With the existing system included, the Centennial’s total 1,121-kilowatt solar installation of 4,704 panels soon will generate 1.7 million kilowatts of electricity yearly, Ikea related. The retailer added that the total generation is the equivalent of reducing 1,200 tons of carbon dioxide, eliminating the emissions of 250 cars or powering 180 homes.