Merriam’s IKEA flips the switch on Kansas’s largest roof solar panel array

The Merriam IKEA is now how to the largest functioning rooftop solar panel array in the state. Photo courtesy IKEA Merriam.
The Merriam IKEA is now how to the largest functioning rooftop solar panel array in the state. Photo courtesy IKEA Merriam.

The largest rooftop solar panel array in the state of Kansas is now fully functional in northeast Johnson County.

The Merriam IKEA announced this week that it has officially turned on a new 92,000 square foot array of solar panels. The array, which is made up of 2,394 panels, is expected to produce 986,800 kWh of electricity each year.

IKEA Merriam’s Annie Crandall said the solar array was part of the store’s power plans from the beginning, but that engineers anticipated the design and installation of the system would take several months after the open date to complete.

At this point, Crandall said, they don’t know exactly how much of IKEA’s total electricity needs the panel array will fill, but that it will be significant.

“We aren’t sure exactly how much it will contribute overall,” she said. “But it definitely puts a huge dent in our needs.”

The Merriam IKEA store also has a geothermal heating and cooling system, similar to the one installed at Prairie Village City Hall in 2011.