IKEA co-workers switch on solar at the Logan store in Queensland.

IKEA has started to turn on the solar panels installed as part of Australia’s largest commercial project, with a 741 kilowatt system at Logan in Queensland switched on today (Wednesday).

IKEA announced in May it was in the process of installing close to four megawatts of solar panels this year over 32,000 square metres of roof space, with an estimated output of 5.5 gigawatt-hours.

IKEA is the first major retailer in Queensland to install solar. Logan store manager Richard Harris said he hoped that taking tahe first steps would 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,” Mr Harris said.

The move is part of IKEA’s “People & Planet Positive” sustainability strategy, which commits the company to producing more energy than is consumed by 2020.