Ikea Emphasizes Commitment To Energy-Saving Technology In Kansas

Plans for Ikea’s new Kansas City-area store, which opens this Fall 2014 in Merriam, KS, call for a rooftop solar panel installation that will highlight the company’s environmental commitment. Ikea’s environmental commitment will also manifest on the sales floor with the promotion of products including LED lighting, the company announced. Installation is slated to begin next month, with completion scheduled before the store’s opening.

When completed, the project will produce the largest rooftop solar array in Kansas, the company stated.

The 92,000-square-foot solar array will consist of an 869.25-killowatt system of 2,850 panels, which will produce approximately 1,348,000 kilowatts of electricity annually for the store.  It will reduce the store’s emissions into the atmosphere by 930 tons of carbon dioxide, equal to the emissions of 196 cars or providing electricity for 128 homes yearly, Ikea noted.

In addition, the Ikea’s in Merriam will be the company’s second in the United States that has a geothermal component to its heating and cooling system, further reducing its draw on outside energy, the company asserted.

Under construction on 19 acres along the eastern side of Interstate 35 and Johnson Drive, the 359,000 square-foot future IKEA Merriam will offer 1,200 parking spaces in a location 8 miles southwest of Kansas City, Ikea noted.

“We are excited about furthering our sustainability commitment with solar panels on the future Merriam store,” Rob Parsons, IKEA Merriam store manager, said in discussing the location’s energy provisions.  “As is the case with geothermal, solar energy will reduce greatly the new store’s energy needs and carbon footprint as well as contribute to our vision of creating a better everyday life for the many.”

The Merriam installation will represent the forty-first solar project for Ikea in the U.S., the company pointed out.