REC Systems Germany GmbH has been selected to provide solar power systems for two Ikea stores in Germany that will use the company’s popular Peak Energy series solar panels.
A 430kW Regensburg installation will consist of 14,000 square metres of REC solar panels with an estimated output of 449,000 kilowatt hours. The rooftop array is expected to offset 398 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
A 150kW rooftop solar power system has already been installed on an Ikea store in Frieburg, covering 4,300 square metres. The system will produce 149,000 kilowatt-hours of clean electricity each year and offset 132 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
Ikea chose REC Systems Germany over 200 solar providers. The company is also providing solar modules for three projects for Ikea in the U.S, including a rooftop solar farm at a Southern California distribution center that will be the second largest single-roof commercial system in the state.
REC’s Peak Energy solar panels are also becoming a common sight in Australia in commercial and home solar power systems. Introduced to the local residential solar energy market by national provider Energy Matters last year, the Peak Energy modules proved so popular, Energy Matters entered into an agreement for the purchase of 20 megawatts of panels in November 2010. This was, REC’s biggest deal in Australia, and one of the largest single solar panel supply agreements in Australian history.
REC solar panels have an industry leading energy payback time of one year; a result of innovations such as the new fluidised bed reactor (FBR) silicon production process which uses 80 to 90 percent less energy than traditional methods.