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IKEA Australia adds solar power to energy mix

Solar power would offset 4,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year.
By Daniel J. Graeber Follow @dan_graeber Contact the Author   |   May 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM
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TORONTO, May 14 (UPI) -- Canadian Solar Inc. said Wednesday a partnership with IKEA in Australia for a 3.6-megawatt project is its largest commercial solar program to date.

The Canadian solar company, one of the largest in the world, said it would work with IKEA to install a combined 3.6 MW of solar power at seven retail outlets in Australia.

"This is the company's largest commercial PV project roll-out to date globally," the Canadian company said in a statement.

Combined, the solar utilities will offset approximately 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year.

Richard Wilson, a sustainability manager for IKEA in Australia, said the Swedish home-furnishing company aims to become energy independent by 2020 "and we're well on the way" through the addition of the solar installations.

In April, the company purchased a 98-MW wind farm in Illinois, which it said would more than satisfy its retail demand for electricity.

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