IKEA has completed what the company says is South Florida's largest solar installation on the roof of the soon-to-open store in Sweetwater.
The 178,000-square-foot solar array was built with 4,620 panels and is expected to reduce the equivalent of 1,227 tons of carbon dioxide, equal to providing elecvtricity for 169 homes yearly, the company said.
The 416,000-square-foot store will be the second in South Florida and the largest in the state when it opens this summer. It will feature about 1,500 parking spaces and nearly 10,000 items.
"Completing this solar array is an exciting milestone as we prepare to open IKEA Miami this summer," store manager Selwyn Crittendon said in a statement. "IKEA strives to create a sustainable life for communities where we operate, so we are proud this new store will generate solar power while offering our unique selection of affordable home furnishings."
IKEA has installed more than 550,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and the company hopes to be energy independent by 2020.