Ikea installs 1,260 solar panels to help power Burbank store
The sun beating down on Ikea’s six-acre Burbank store is now producing energy to power store operations and ease the burden on Burbank Water and Power.
This week, the Swedish furniture retailer completed the installation of 1,260 solar panels covering 35,000 square feet on the roof of its San Fernando Boulevard store. The solar array will produce as much as 421,000 kilowatts a year, said store spokeswoman Mary Ann Barroso, enough to power 37 homes for a year.
Ikea’s array is the third largest in the city, after those at Costco and Warner Bros.
“The power is being produced at a time when the demand is highest,” said Jeanette Meyer, marketing manager for Burbank Water and Power.
-- Bill Kisliuk
Photo: Joseph Roth, the director of U.S. public affairs for Ikea, talks about the 1,260 solar panels that were installed on the roof of Ikea Burbank on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. Credit: Tim Berger / Burbank Leader