IKEA, Clif Bar Carpet Property with Solar Panels

IKEA, Clif Bar Carpet Property with Solar Panels

IKEA  plans to install solar power systems totaling 4.5 megawatts of generating capacity at seven stores and a distribution center in California, bringing arrays to 90 percent of the chain's portfolio in the Golden State.

IKEA disclosed its plans to expand the company's solar initiative yesterday. If the projects gain the appropriate permits, they can begin later this fall and be completed early next year, according to the company. IKEA's projects were one of several announced in the past week.

The others include a smart solar installation -- the largest of its kind in California -- that's being built on the roof of Clif Bar headquarters in Emeryville and a recently completed 2 MW solar farm at Santa Sweets, a grower of grape and heirloom tomatoes, in Cedarville, NJ.

Working on solar for the Richmond Plunge. Photo by Kim Pedley, Sun Light & Power.Of the proposed IKEA installations, the largest is planned for the rooftop of the company's distribution center in Tejon, where a 1,800-kW system is to involve 7,890 panels covering 216,000 square feet. IKEA is contracting with Rec Solar to build what would currently be the second-largest, single-roof commercial system in California. Gloria Solar is IKEA's project partner for the other seven sites.

In all, the IKEA installations would involve nearly 20,000 panels, and are expected to yield an annual output of 6.65 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity. Operating the systems would be equivalent to reducing 5,268 tons of carbon dioxide, the company said, citing EPA statistics.

Here are IKEA's details on the planned projects:

Burbank store -- Opened in 1990; store size:242,000 SF on 6.4 acres Solar Program: 35,000 SF at 290 kW; 1,260 panels generating 421,300 kWh/year Equivalent to reducing 334 tons of CO2, 58 cars' emissions or powering 37 homes

Costa Mesa store  -- Opened in 2003; store size: 308,000 SF on 24 acres Solar Program:  30,000 SF at 248 kW; 1,078 panels generating 353,800 kWh/year Equivalent to reducing 280 tons of CO2, 49 cars' emissions or powering 31 homes

Covina store -- Opened in 2003; store size: 325,000 SF on 12.5 acres Solar Program: 54,000 SF at 451 kW; 1,960 panels generating 651,800 kWh/year Equivalent to reducing 516 tons of CO2, 90 cars' emissions or powering 57 homes

East Palo Alto store -- Opened in 2003; store size: 290,000 SF on 10.5 acres Solar Program:  36,000 SF at 302 kW; 1,316 panels generating 427,900 kWh/year Equivalent to reducing 339 tons of CO2, 59 cars' emissions or powering 37 homes

Emeryville store -- Opened in 2000; store size: 274,000 SF on 15 acres Solar Program: 65,000 SF at 537 kW; 2,338 panels generating 760,300 kWh/year Equivalent to reducing 602 tons of CO2, 104 cars' emissions or powering 66 homes

San Diego store -- Opened in 2000; store size: 198,000 SF on 10 acres Solar Program: 30,000 SF at 251 kW; 1,092 panels generating 366,400 kWh/year Equivalent to reducing 290 tons of CO2, 50 cars' emissions or powering 32 homes

West Sacramento store -- Opened in 2006; 265,000 SF on 21 acres Solar Program: 69,000 SF at 573 kW; 2,492 panels generating 795,500 kWh/year Equivalent to reducing 630 tons of CO2, 109 cars' emissions or powering 69 homes

Tejon distribution center -- Opened in 2000; DC size: 1.8 million SF on 60 acres Solar Program: 216,000 SF at 1,800 kW; 7,980 panels generating 2.8 million kWh/yr Equivalent to reducing 2,278 tons of CO2, 395 cars' emissions or powering 251 homes.

IKEA's solar power installations in the U.S. include arrays in Brooklyn, N.Y., Pittsburgh, Pa., and Tempe, Ariz.; solar water heating systems in Charlotte, N.C., Draper, Utah, Orlando and Tampa, Fla.; and a geothermal system in a being built in Centennial, Colo.Clif Bar HQ, photo by Kim Pedley, Sun Light & Power.

Clif Bar is working with Sun Light & Power and Tigo Energy, which are also Bay Area firms, to place a 530 kW array with more than 1,900 Suntech 270 Watt Power modules on the rooftop of Clif Bar headquarters (pictured above right).

Tigo Energy smart technology will enable the system to produce 6 percent to 8 percent more power than standard arrays, according to the project partners.

The Plunge. Photo by Malcolm Lubliner / City Visions Photography. Sun Light & Power also worked with the city of Richmond in its 10-year project to renovate the Richmond Plunge, a municipal swimming facility built about 85 years ago. As a result, Richmond's Municipal Natatorium now features a solar-heated, 60-x-160-foot pool filled with 324,000 gallons of non-chlorinated saline water.

Technology used at The Plunge, which reopened this summer, includes 80 Heliodyne Gobi 410 collectors in an active closed-loop pool heating system with Delta T Pro and an Amtrol expansion tank.

The Florida-based Santa Sweets firm is growing more than tomatoes at its facility in New Jersey, where a solar farm now occupies 10 acres of the company's property in Cedarville. The solar farm uses 11,000 solar photovoltaic panels that are splits between two areas. The system is expected to help power Santa Sweets' 200,000 square feet of refrigerated and production space at the site.

Top image CC licensed by Flickr user Håkan Dahlström. Facade of the Richmond Municipal Natatorium, also known as the Plunge, by Malcolm Lubliner / City Visions Photography. Insets of the Clif Bar solar array and installation work at the Plunge by Kim Pedley / Sun Light & Power.