Canadian Solar Australia is constructing 7 commercial rooftop PV systems, total 3.6 MW for IKEA in three Australian states.
Australia’s largest commercial PV project is owned by IKEA Australia Pty Ltd and is being developed by Canadian Solar Australia. The rooftop installations comprise 12,122 Canadian Solar PV modules. And the 3.6 MW project will span seven IKEA sites located in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Together, they will generate enough clean energy (about 4,658 MWh) to offset approximately 4,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. The installations are also grid connected, so any excess energy can be fed back into the National Electricity Market (NEM) for use where it is needed.
This is Canadian Solar’s largest commercial PV project roll-out to date, globally, and emphasizes our unique ability to provide customers with turn-key solutions that reduce the complexities and costs of solar system installation. IKEA selected us for the task because we have extensive experience in large-scale rooftop installations around the globe. This includes knowing how to obtain the required permits, providing expert engineering, procurement and construction, as well as operation & maintenance services… all with a close eye on the budget.
"We have a long-term approach to sustainability. Globally, our ambition is to switch to renewable energy and become energy independent by 2020. We’re well on the way. A project of this size is a considerable undertaking and each of our sites’ has had its challenges. It’s important to us and our business to ensure we have efficient, reliable, high-quality product together with a competitive offer, expert knowledge and experience," said Richard Wilson, Sustainability Manager of IKEA Australia.