SANYO Canada Inc.

SANYO Canada Inc.

October 08, 2010 15:00 ET

SANYO Solar Modules Provide Renewable Power to Select IKEA Stores in Canada

WOODBRIDGE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 8, 2010) - SANYO Canada Inc. (SANYO) announced today that IKEA Canada has chosen SANYO HIT® technology to generate renewable energy using the roofs of three IKEA stores in the Greater Toronto Area. The project will support the use of industry-leading conversion efficiency SANYO HIT® Power 210A solar PV modules. The SANYO rooftop PV systems at IKEA stores in Etobicoke, North York and Vaughan together will have a capacity of 750kW, which is the approximate equivalent of what is needed to power 100 average Ontario homes. IKEA Canada will be the first retailer to exclusively own, install and operate what is expected to be the largest rooftop solar panel networks in Ontario under the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program. The systems, installed by AMP Solar Group, will be completed and fully operational by the end of December 2010.

IKEA Canada launched this solar initiative at its Etobicoke store on October 7, 2010 in a ceremony attended by the Honourable Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Energy; and the Honourable Laurel Broten, Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Women's Issues and MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore. 

Other project participants included the Ontario Power Authority and two major local distribution companies, Toronto Hydro and PowerStream.

**(High resolution images available at

"IKEA Canada is pleased to partner with SANYO for the installation of three solar networks," says Natalia Hahn, Sustainability Manager for IKEA Canada. "SANYO's commitment to sustainability and their development of high efficiency solar panels has been an integral part of this renewable energy program at IKEA Canada."

IKEA's vision of helping to create a world where people "take better care of the environment, the Earth's resources, and each other" has found a perfect fit with SANYO's mission "to be an indispensable element in the lives of people all over the world by delivering unique and total sustainable solutions that enhance all lifestyles and industries."

"We are proud to have this opportunity to be part of the solution that provides clean, renewable power using SANYO HIT® PV modules," said Koshi Terakawa, President of SANYO Canada Inc. 

"For projects of this nature, we understand the importance of utilizing high-performance PV modules with proven quality and reliability from an industry leader to maximize the energy harvest," added KC Chang, SANYO Canada's General Manager of Solar Systems. "This is especially true for systems designed to leverage the Feed-in Tariff program in Ontario for 20 years."

SANYO will continue to be active in communities served by IKEA and its partners to help to ensure a sustainable planet for future generations.


SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. is a global, leading provider of energy, environment and lifestyle applications. SANYO Canada Inc. (a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.), is based in Woodbridge, Ontario (a suburb north of Toronto). SANYO Canada is a service and sales company that markets and sells Smart Energy Systems including rechargeable batteries, solar photovoltaic modules, HVAC, and a variety of commercial and consumer solutions such as digital projectors, dual cameras, digital still cameras, home appliances, security video equipment, audio systems, portable and mobile electronics, and weatherproof monitors. For more information, please visit or

About IKEA

IKEA is a leading home furnishings retailer with 280 stores in 26 countries worldwide, which are visited by 626 million people every year. IKEA Canada has 11 stores which are visited by over 25 million people every year. Last year the websites attracted 712 million visitors. Founded in 1943, IKEA's business philosophy is to offer a wide range of products of good design and function at prices so low, the majority of people can afford them.

About AMP Solar

AMP Solar Group was conceptualized in early 2008 and became an operating company in early 2009. When the Ontario Government passed the Green Energy Act on May 14, 2009 and the Ontario Power Authority launched the FIT (Feed-In Tariff) Program, it set in motion an inevitable solar boom in Ontario.

The founders saw an opportunity within Ontario to establish a unique solar rooftop development firm. The firm offers turn-key solutions to companies and institutions looking to take advantage of the FIT Program as well as provide rooftop financing solutions where AMP owns and operate the solar assets long-term.

Contact Information

  • SANYO Canada Inc.
    Daniel Caunter
    Strategic Projects - Energy Solutions
    905-265-4135 (office)
    Hunter LaVigne Communications Inc.
    Mark LaVigne, APR, FCPRS
    905-841-2017 (office) or 416-884-2018 (cell)