IKEA to sell solar panels in UK stores
IKEA, the worlds biggest furniture retailer, has begun selling solar panels in its UK stores as it looks to take a slice of the green energy market.
Teaming up with solar energy giant Hanergy Solar UK to provide a full solar installation service, IKEA has launched the new offering in its Southampton store and plans to roll it out to all 17 UK stores within the next 10 months. The move follows the launch of a successful pilot in July 2013 in the retailer’s Lakeside store where a photovoltaic (PV) system is now sold almost every day.
Stores selling the panels will feature a dedicated area where customers will be able to find out about the benefits of home solar panel systems and touch and feel the equipment.
IKEA said a standard 3.36kW PV system for a semi-detached home will cost £5,700 with the system breaking even in around seven years.
The full solar service will include an in-store consultation and design service as well as installation, maintenance and ongoing energy monitoring. Hanergy claims that owners of an average semi-detached three-bedroom home could save as much as £768 a year through reducing their bills and being paid for the energy they generate under the Government-backed Feed-in Tariff Scheme.
Commenting on the announcement, Joanna Yarrow, head of sustainability IKEA UK and Ireland, said: “We know that our customers want to live more sustainably and we hope working with Hanergy to make solar panels affordable and easily available helps them do just that.
“We want to make a greener, more sustainable way of life attractive and easy for as many people as possible, so in addition to our collaboration with Hanergy, we’re dedicated to expanding our range of sustainable products that help customers save energy, water and sort waste fourfold by 2020.”
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