Collectively, the solar installations across seven IKEA buildings will include over 16,000 panels, with an annual output of 5,495 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity.
Richard Harries, IKEA Logan Store Manager, says: âAt IKEA, we are committed to continuously finding ways to be more environmentally responsible. The solar panel installation is an important part of this commitment and we hope that by taking these first steps in Queensland we will inspire other businesses to follow suit. Ensuring that we contribute positively to the local community in Logan is vitally important to us and the switch to solar powered energy is just one part of our strategy to make a positive impact on the lives of the people of Logan.â
IKEA Logan co-worker and sustainability enthusiast Michael Louey performed the solar switch-on, joined by the IKEA Logan Store Manager and fellow co-workers on the roof of the Logan store.
The Logan store solar panel installation is part of the IKEA âPeople & Planet Positiveâ strategy for 2020, which focuses on encouraging and contributing to a sustainable planet that provides a great quality of life for the many people. Through this, IKEA Australia will drive innovation and continue its commitment to create a better everyday life for the many by inspiring and enabling customers to live a more sustainable life at home.
Richard Wilson, IKEA Australia Sustainability Manager: âOur commitment to sustainability doesnât stop at solar panels. Every day we strive to put more in than we take out, function with the utmost efficiency and turn waste into resources.
IKEA products are designed to help our customers reduce waste and resources around the home. LED lighting solutions, energy efficient kitchen appliances, waste sorting and food storage options, water saving taps and products that are made using sustainable materials that are renewable, recyclable and recycled,â
All five stores in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales, in addition to two merchandise pick-up locations, will welcome the roof solar panel system throughout 2014 and 2015. All new IKEA stores over the coming years will be built with solar panel energy systems already installed.
There are currently over 300 IKEA stores across 38 countries. Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered a wide range of home furnishings and accessories of good design and function at affordable prices. IKEA incorporates sustainable efforts into the day-to-day business, and continually supports initiatives that benefit causes such as children and the environment.
The panels will be installed by leading solar energy providers Canadian Solar and Kingspan.
For more information about IKEA, please visit www.IKEA.com.au
For more information about the People and Planet Positive, please visit http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_AU/this-is-ikea/people-and-planet/index.html
The big switch-on, which took place last week at the IKEA store in Logan, Brisbane marks the first step towards all five IKEA stores across the East Coast, as well as two stores in development, installing solar panels.
Yes, its tough being a truly sustainable company in Australia however that difficulty and challenge should be welcomed by more companies, like IKEA.
Being a sustainable company owner myself, I know how difficult and costly these decisions can be and they are made usually because its what is right - not because the price is right.
So join with me in commending IKEA for taking this huge step - its a great thing to see and a great example to be set for other businesses in Australia!
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