Ikea plugs in solar array in Draper
Solar array of more than 4,200 panels will generate about 1.5 million kilowatt hours of electricty annually at Draper store.


Published: August 6, 2012 08:45PM
Updated: August 7, 2012 12:03AM
Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune Garrett Stokum, mechanical formean for Rec Solar works among the hundreds of solar panels installed on the Ikea store roof in Draper on Thursday July 26. The solar energy system is up and running. The company bills the array as the state's largest private commercial solar project. The 180,500-square-foot photo voltaic array consists of a 1,015 kw system built with 4,228 panels.

The IKEA home furnishings store in Draper has flipped the switch and turned on the massive solar panel array on its roof.

The 180,500-square-foot array, which consists of more than 4,200 solar panels, uses the sun to generate some 1.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year, or about the amount of energy used annually in 123 homes.

“We at IKEA believe in the never-ending job of striving to improve the sustainability of our day-to-day business,” said Tony Williams, manager of the Draper store.

The Draper installation is the 26th completed solar energy project for IKEA in the United States, with 13 more locations underway.