Canadian Solar Inc.has announced a partnership with IKEA Australia to install solar panels with a total capacity of 3.6 megawatts across seven stores and warehouses located in Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland.
The project, which will involve the installation of some 16,000 solar panels, will begin in April at the company’s Logan, Queensland, store and will be completed late this year at the Springvale store in Victoria. The largest installation will be a 990 kilowatt array at the Tempe store in Sydney.
IKEA, which has committed to using 100% renewable energy by 2020, has already installed 550,000 solar panels on 300 buildings worldwide.
However, the Australian project will be Canadian Solar’s largest commercial PV roll-out globally.
In another effort to increase its use of renewable energy, IKEA has recently purchased a wind farm near Chicago with enough capacity to power 165% of its U.S. operations.
IKEA is now selling solar panels in the U.K. and has begun a trial of selling electric bicycles in Austria.