IKEA recently announced that it’s now selling solar panels direct to customers through its retail stores in the United Kingdom. The news was first reported by The Guardian, which said customers can opt to grab the energy-saving solar panels in stores or online, and then install them on their homes. Just three stores currently sell solar panels, but IKEA plans to open special “Solar Shops” before the fall.
IKEA’s head of sustainability in the UK, Joanna Yarrow, said she believes customers will be attracted to solar panels in an effort to save money. They’ll also help cut down on their carbon footprints. “We see solar as the future,” Yarrow said, noting that customers will also get a “6% rate of return on a solar installation.” SolarCentury, which is helping IKEA sell the panels on the Internet, advertises that customers can cut their energy bills by up to 50 percent.
According to the company’s website, customers can expect to pay between £4,875 ($7,110) and £5,150 ($7,512) for a fully installed system, depending on whether or not they want a blue or black panel option.