The next time you go to IKEA, you may be able to pick up a renewable energy system along with disassembled shelving and those delicious cinnamon rolls. The Swedish furnishing giant has announced that it will begin selling residential solar panels in the United Kingdom. Sales of the panels, which are produced by Hanergy in China, kick off today in IKEA’s Southampton store.

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The flat-packed furniture giant will begin rolling out all black solar array systems for British homes today. Each of the 3.36 kilowatt systems, which will cost around $9,200, will allow any homeowner to power their homes with renewable energy. The kit includes everything needed for installing and maintaining the renewable energy system, making it really easy for the first time customer. The fee includes in-store consultation, design services, array installation, maintenance and an energy monitoring service that helps to ensure the system’s longevity.

With solar panels finally at a price point that consumers can afford, IKEA jumped at the opportunity to offer their customers a way to make their homes more energy efficient. IKEA’s Chief sustainability officer Steve Howard estimated that the system will pay for itself in energy savings in just seven years.

IKEA has chosen Great Britain as its first market for solar panels, with an expansion planned in other cities across the country later this year. The country is particularly well-poised for commercial home solar since the government will purchase any surplus solar energy produced and add it to the national grid. IKEA also plans to expand the solar program to other countries on a market by market bases.


Via Huffington Post