British consumers will now be able to buy solar panels at their local Ikeas.
Ikea, known for cavernous stores, mail-order furniture, odd names, and wordless assembly instructions, is testing sales of panels in the British market â€śbecause it has the right combination of mid-level electricity prices and government-sponsored financial incentives that make investing in solar energy attractive to consumers,â€ť according to the AP.
The price makes sense for anyone who will be powering their home by the system for seven years. Someone who owns a semi-detached home can buy a 3.36 kilowatt system for the equivalent of $9,200. A system of that size consists of 18 panels. Thatâ€™s cheap compared to U.S. solar prices, which reached a low in Texas last month at $3.90 per watt â€” meaning a 3.36 kilowatt system would cost a bit over $13,000.
An Ikea solar panel would include the traditional in-store consult and design service, but thereâ€™s no attached instruction manual. The price also includes installation, maintenance, and energy monitoring after itâ€™s installed.