IKEA Sells Solar Panel Kits Directly to Home Owners

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Move over Billy bookcases and Ektorp sofas because something more earth-friendly is about to be sold at IKEA. This Swedish-owned big box company is finally making some common sense for the planet: the company’s UK chain of otherwise throwaway furniture, will begin selling flat pack solar panel kits to its UK customers. The kits will be available in all its 17 UK stores within the next 10 months.

A 3.36 KW non-assembly solar system will cost about $9,200 and will include an in-store consultation and design service. Installation, maintenance and an energy monitoring service will be included in the deal. A rare thing because IKEA is usually very hands-off the customer experience.

The device will help the home owner gain about $1000 a year in subsidies and energy savings. Let’s hope it has a ten-year warranty and then the solar kit would pay for itself.

“In the past few years the prices on solar panels have dropped, so it’s a really good price now,” IKEA’s chief sustainability officer Steve Howard told The Associated Press. “It’s the right time to go for the consumers.”

IKEA branches can be found in the Middle East region in Turkey, Saudi ArabiaIsrael and Egypt.

Please IKEA, move these kits throughout all of your branches. The planet can’t wait.

IKEA has already installed solar panels on the roofs of its stores worldwide and plans to draw some 70 percent of its energy from solar and wind power by 2015 and 100 percent by 2020.

For other novel, at home installations, see the Swiss company iLAND. They offer a range of portable packs for travellers, home owners and peace keepers.

About Karin Kloosterman

Karin Kloosterman is an award-winning journalist and publisher that founded Green Prophet to change the world. She does not wear rose-colored glasses, but has shown through her work that positive, inspiring dialogue creates action that impacts people, business and planet.She has published in thought-leading newspapers and magazines globally, and has also founded flux (www.fluxiot.com), a technology company to help people everywhere grow hyper-local, sustainable food. Through flux, she is the managing director of Mars Farm Odyssey (www.marsfarm.org), a global impact network to grow food in space and on earth.Reach out directly to [email protected]

7 thoughts on “IKEA Sells Solar Panel Kits Directly to Home Owners”

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  2. Abdullah Eyles says:

    Nice idea, yes, we could do with some in Turkey where there’s plenty of sun, but the price is still prohibitive for the Turkish market. People here (the general public) still haven’t got the hang of segregating waste let alone green energy, but there are some appearing slowly…

    I’m planning to make my own panels having bought a set of solar panel “poly cells” from E-bay, have already had the house wired for a 12v lighting system… here we go!

    Abdullah Eyles,
    Ankara, Türkiye

    1. Bridgitte says:

      Abdulla – same exact story here in Israel. I would love to see our region come together to use the vast amount of sun we receive and create a revolution in consumer friendly solar panels. Good luck with yours, I’m going to start googling How To!

    2. Petjo says:

      Look at ILand:

      http://www.iland-solar.com

      Price is ok,products better than rest of the world.
      Petjo

  3. AWSOME. The prices will continue to drop and these will be everywhere in the next 5 years. Putting this technology in the hand of the consumer is one of the best developments in the movement towards ‘greener’ lifestyles. Now I better start saving….

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