Ikea UK to start selling solar panels and batteries

Swedish furniture behemoth Ikea has teamed with renewable energy firm Solarcentury to sell photovoltaic panels and batteries for storing their power.

The products can work alongside existing solar panels or as part of a new system, which Ikea says will make it easier for homeowners to "save on their electricity bills".

The firm says the average UK home with solar capabilities will "typically consume around 40% of all the solar electricity generated, or even less if they are regularly out during the day".

The remaining 60% of unused current is sent back to the National Grid, at a loss compared to its value.

Ikea says that its storage system means "unused solar electricity can be used at a later time, meaning the amount of solar electricity an average home can use doubles to 80%".

The company says that electricity bills may be cut by up to 70%.

Ikea notes that "homeowners who install solar panels could benefit by £380 in the first year after purchase if only using 40% of the solar electricity, or £560 if using 80% of the power with the help of storage".

The price of the panels and battery storage is £6,925, and that "homeowners can pay off the capital invested in the system in roughly 12 years".

Read more about the product and calculate how much you could save here.

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  1. Great plan

  2. ! Given the massive cost of new coal and or nuclear power stations and the astronomic increases in our Electricity tariffs in my and many other countries , their seems to me to be no other alternative: providing it can be clearly proven to be a highly efficient, sustainable and viable alternative! This is our main problem : It is not enough simply to tell us ! No! They need to actually SHOW us via an actual house mock-up fully running on solar power and an onsite full analysis come viability study to prove the system’s long term money saving potential , technical efficiency and sustainability! Above all we need to know fully what we are buying and whether we can rely on a full range of after sales service should defects arise! I think that a local Building Product Exhibition Center could well accommodate such a mock-up!!

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