Missouri’s first IKEA store will also have Missouri’s largest rooftop solar panel array.

With 4,085 solar panels, the furniture retail giant will produce about 1,780,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, offsetting the St. Louis store’s carbon dioxide emissions by 1,227 tons, equivalent to the emissions of 258 cars

The solar panel installation will be nearly three times as large as the 2,850-panel installation on top of the Kansas City-area store in Merriam, Kansas, which was the largest rooftop solar array in Kansas when it was built.

IKEA will start installing the 259,000-square-foot solar panel array on top of its 380,000 square-foot St. Louis store in spring and plans to finish before opening in fall 2015.

“We are excited about furthering our sustainability commitment with solar panels on the future St. Louis store,” says CFO Rob Olson. “At IKEA, we have a mission to create a better everyday life for the many, and IKEA St. Louis can add to this goal with Missouri’s largest rooftop solar array.”

Source: Riverfront Times