Ikea to sell flat pack solar energy
Ikea have started selling solar panels – flat pack of course – but the good news is they’re not self assembly. However, they do cost £5700, which is slightly more than an Igbo sofa or a Farte bookcase, but the price also includes installation – which means you don’t have to go on the roof with an Allen key. And you could save £768 a year on your energy bills. Hurray!
The panels are due to go on sale today at Ikea’s Southhampton store, then – if they get any orders – they’ll be available from your nearest blue box full of meatballs in the next 10 months. The service is in partnership with green energy company Hanergy, which will be doing all the instore consultancy and buttering up of customers, as well as supplying the panels.
For their part, Ikea have redesigned the panels to make it look a bit less like you’ve got a hydroponic weed farm in your loft.
Joanna Yarrow, Head of Sustainability at Ikea, said the retailer is the first major chain to cut out the middleman.
‘At Ikea we’re excited to be able to help customers take positive actions at home for both the environment and their wallets,’ she said, (probably in a press release). ‘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.’
Next stop on the road to sustainability – quit making cheap furniture that falls apart after six months?