Ikea Portland powers up more than 2,000 solar panels

California-based REC Solar designed and installed the 2,072-panel array at the Portland Ikea store.

California-based REC Solar designed and installed the 2,072-panel array at the Portland Ikea store.

Ikea announced Wednesday it powered up a nearly 500-kilowatt rooftop solar system atop its Portland store, made up of 2, 072 panels. The array is expected to generate enough electricity to power about 48 homes.

It's the 16th Ikea store in the country to switch on solar power. The chain has a goal of putting solar on 85 percent of its stores with a total generation of 30.8 megawatts.

Ikea officials cited Pacific Power and the city of Portland as partners on the project. REC Solar designed and installed the system, which Ikea owns and operates.

The electricity generated on the Portland store's rooftop will be consumed on site. Spokeswoman April Minister said the company would not disclose the amount invested in the array or the percentage of its consumed power that will come from solar generation.

"What I can say is that we wouldn't have made the investment if we didn't think it was going to be a net positive," Minister said.

Minister touts a variety of sustainability features including LEED Certification โ€” the Portland store is one of five Ikea stores in the country to have it โ€” a $20 delivery discount to shoppers who come to the store on the Max train and a robust composting program.

The store installed two electric vehicle chargers earlier this year and last month partnered with Salem-based Ideabox on a green, prefab home design that attracted attention around the world.

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