Kingspan Group company Kingspan Energy has begun work on the largest single rooftop solar photovoltaic project in Australia.

Being installed at the IKEA Tempe store in New South Wales (NSW), the 990kWp project will be the largest of IKEA’s national PV projects, comprising of nearly 4,000 Yingli polycrystalline solar PV modules, 43 SMA Sunny TriPower inverters and a solar mounting system manufactured by Schletter Pty Ltd.

Scheduled for completion in mid-September this year, the solar PV installation is expected to supply over 1,300,000 kWhrs of electricity to the building.

The latest installation is part of IKEA’s corporate initiative to roll-out solar PV systems across its stores nationwide not only to gain from benefits such as sustainability and energy autonomy but also from a commercial perspective considering the current payback periods.

Specialising in solar energy solutions, Kingspan Energy has delivered some of the most prestigious large-scale solar PV projects globally including a 5.8MWp rooftop solar PV project for Jaguar Land Rover in the United Kingdom earlier this year.

Cormac Gray, Commercial and Engineering Manager of Kingspan Energy comments that they have used only the very best materials available for the iconic solar PV installation at the IKEA store.

Delighted with IKEA’s decision to select Yingli Solar photovoltaic modules for the project, Daman Cole, Managing Director of Yingli Australia said that IKEA has demonstrated its ambition to be environmentally sustainable through the switch to solar power, and hoped other businesses will be inspired by the project to consider the solar PV option for their future energy needs.

Mark Twidell, Managing Director of SMA Australia adds that they are proud to be associated with IKEA on the project. SMA’s inverter technology has already been installed in numerous IKEA PV systems across Europe.