The Swedish furniture giant has announced it will be turning one of its Australian superstores into its first 100% renewably-powered solar + storage retail project. Australia is also home to the companyâ€™s first expansion of its retail solar offering, SolstrÃ¥le.
June 30, 2020
In 2019, IKEA invested $2.8 billion in green energy, which contributed to the 1 million solar panels it was able to install on 370 store and warehouse locations worldwide, as well as to the power contracts the company was able to negotiate for shares of two American solar plants, which total 403 MW in capacity.
Now, in 2020, Ikea is furthering its commitment to renewable energy, announcing plans to install solar on every available square inch of one of the companyâ€™s 10 superstores in Australia. This project will include the installation of solar carports, as well as a co-located battery storage system. The installation will allow the location to be entirely self-sufficient, from an energy perspective, with excess generation being fed back to the grid.
These investments are being made in order to achieve two company goals over the next decade. By 2025 the home decor giant is looking to achieve zero-emission home deliveries, with a later goal of using only renewable and recyclable materials, while also becoming â€˜climate positiveâ€™ coming down the line in 2030. By Ikeaâ€™s definition, â€˜climate positiveâ€™ means not only the elimination of carbon emissions, but also generating more renewable electricity than the company uses annually. The goal is one the company could very well hit before that 2030 deadline, as by the end of this year, the company will be generating as much renewable energy as it consumes.
Ikea has also made significant headway in the United States, having solar installed on 90% of company locations in the country, in addition to the aforementioned 400 MW of power contracts.
Ikea, solar retailer
More thank just getting solar for its own purposes, Ikea has also entered the business of selling solar. Back in Australia, the company has begun selling solar panels from itsÂ online store, expanding on their service that was previously only available in Europe.
The company is doing so thanks to a partnership with with Solargain, a leading solar provider in the Australian market. In true Ikea fashion, the home solar offering has been dubbed SolstrÃ¥le, which is Swedish for Sunbeam.
Depending on the size of the array, a SolstrÃ¥le solution can run from $3,500 to $7,000 ($2,400 to $4,800 USD), with each $3,500 representing 3 kW. SolstrÃ¥le has been available to customers in Western Australia, Queensland, and Victoria since June 10, with the company sharing that it will expand to the rest of the country in the near future.
For more on Ikeaâ€™s new retail solar offering, check out pv magazine Australiaâ€™s coverage.