IKEA to install solar panels on Houston store

A picture of Swedish furniture retailer Ikea in Germany.

IKEA plans to install solar panels on 10 additional stores, including the Houston location, by next summer, the company said today.

The iconic Swedish home furnishings retailer plans to install nearly 4,000 panels at the Houston store that will be able to generate more than 1.3 megawatts of energy, according to a company news release.

The company said the new panels will expand IKEA’s solar presence by 75 percent, and the installation could begin this month if it secures the necessary building permits in time. The panels should be working by this summer, the company said.

“IKEA believes we can be a good business while doing good business,” said Mike Ward, IKEA U.S. president, in a statement. “This investment extends our solar presence to the Southern U.S., further reducing our carbon footprint and the intensity of the electrical grid.”

The nine other stores getting pannels include two in Texas, in Frisco and Round Rock. IKEA has already installed solar panels at 12 stores in the United States, and the company is working on installing the panels at 11 other stores. The company did not disclose how much the program would cost.

IKEA has rolled out several green initiatives in the past few years.

Earlier this year, IKEA installed a geothermal heating system in Colorado to heat and cool the store. In Europe, the company has bought a 12 megawatt wind farm in Scotland, and it has also installed solar panels at several U.K. stores.