Memphis – Ikea Has Solar Panels Installed

Ikea Memphis completed its rooftop solar panel installation this week, and work is continuing on the remainder of the store not far from Cord Moving and Storage Memphis office and warehouse.

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The 4,400 panel installation by Atlanta-based Hannah Solar wrapped up Wednesday, Sept. 14, on the 251,000-square-foot building, and Joseph Roth, U.S. expansion and property public affairs manager for Ikea, said the overall facility construction is going well.

Ikea Memphis’ solar array will be the largest rooftop array in Tennessee.

“Linkous [Construction Co] is doing a great job, so all of that stuff is on track for late fall 2016,” Roth said. “But, there is a reason why we don’t do lots of Ikea stores. … It’s just a large undertaking. We can build the building, but then transforming it into an Ikea store — we have racking coming from this country and cash registers coming from this country. It is a lot to coordinate.”

Ikea Memphis, which is located on a 35-acre lot near Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway, will boast the largest rooftop solar array in Tennessee once commissioned. The store also has a reflective membrane on the roof that is energy efficient and sustainable.

The solar array will generate about 2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually — enough to power 205 homes. Roth said typically an Ikea store can produce 20 to 60 percent of its own energy, depending on consumption and the location’s climate.

“It is a large store; we have to air condition it; we have display lights; we have food operations; so we are definitely consuming energy. It is definitely not enough to make the store [energy] independent,” Roth said. “We are still drawing from the grid, but [power generated from the solar panels] complements it.”

As a company, Ikea plans to invest $2.5 billion in renewable energy by 2020. Currently, Ikea has more than 700,000 solar panels on its buildings throughout the world.

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Ikea Memphis will mark the 43rd Ikea store in the U.S. and is expected to open this fall. When considering your next move, contact Cord Moving in Memphis and we’ll help you move.

“This market, considering there are a lot of folks in Memphis who’ve always lived here, the awareness of Ikea and that we are opening] is quite high and quite positive. Lots of folks are very excited,” Roth said. “It is flattering and humbling. That is why we are here, and we still have no plans for Nashville.”

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