Flat Pack Solar Panels...

October 10th 2013
By: Melanie

Where else would you buy flat pack solar panels except in Ikea.  The Swedish firm has said recently it was using Britain to test the ground for its plan to offer renewable energy to the mainstream market worldwide because of the country's current electricity prices and financial incentives from the Government.

Ikea said a standard, all-black 3.36-kilowatt system for a semi-detached home will cost £5,700 and include an in-store consultation and design service as well as installation, maintenance and energy monitoring service. The company said it was not the first general retailer to sell solar panels but claimed its partnership with Chinese firm Hanergy was the only one to provide a built-in care package.

Ikea's chief sustainability officer Steve Howard said: 'In the past few years the prices on solar panels have dropped, so it's a really good price now”. 'Evidence shows that installing solar panels enables homeowners to cut their energy bills by up to 50 percent, and it takes on average only seven years at current energy prices to recuperate the money spent on the solar units.'

 The systems are manufactured by Chinese company Hanergy, which claims that the average three-bedroom semi-detached home can achieve savings of up to £768 per year, through a reduction in bills and the ability to sell spare capacity through the government-backed Feed-in Tariff Scheme (FiT).

'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,' says Joanna Yarrow, head of sustainability for Ikea UK and Ireland.