It’s happened but you need to spend Squillions to save Squillions on this occasion. The international furniture giant has revealed their own Ikea solar panels offering complete with installation. In a quirk of nature, they have split from their usual offerings of furniture and accessories for the home and garden to now provide a completely different change of business model.
Ikea do have a range of electrical appliances for their contemporary fitted kitchens and also provide for lighting accessories for the home and garden and a range of garden furniture and pot plants. However to begin selling Ikea solar panels UK nationwide is a big step away from their current merchandise.
The Swedish store do not, at first glance, stock any solar powered lighting whatsoever, so it’s not as if they made a move in this direction based on the popularity of smaller products for the garden which are needed such as solar garden lights and solar security lights.
Both small and significant products which Ikea could have been selling for years. The big jump to roll out solar panels to the UK nation is a surprise, however a welcome one. The market at present is based on three models, with the majority all relying on the Feed-In Tariff (FITs) to generate interest in their product.
FITs allows for homeowners to sell the electricity to the National Grid and make a profit and this will be in place until at least 2033. If it takes the average homeowner ten years to recoup an investment in solar pv panels, then Ikea entering the solar panel market will bring the costs down dramatically.
Based on the advertised pricing of the solar panels from Ikea, it is conceivable to get back your initial investment within several years. The alternative model in the solar power market is to receive free solar panels but you give away your feed-in tariff to the business that installs them, continually.
Lastly, you can apply for a solar loan which again relies on the Feed-In Tariff to repay such an advance. It is certainly an interesting move with the Ikea solar panels which represent a saving of at least £1,000 when compared to other competitors based on the Ikea solar panel UK venture costing around £5,700.
This isn’t a giveaway though. You’ll still need to find the investment and Ikea may well need to move into the solar garden lights and solar security lights sector to back up their green and eco credentials.
With a well known international retailer moving into selling solar pv panels and truly imagining a solar powered home it gives more emphasis to the ideology of saving energy and consumers money. But until Ikea starts offerings solar garden lights in the garden furniture department their eco program won’t be complete.
An Ikea representative Joanna Yarrow, speaking to the Daily Mail said “[With Ikea solar panels UK] we’re excited to be able to help customers take positive actions at home for both the environment and their wallets. 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, so in addition we’re dedicated to expanding our range of sustainable products that help customers save energy, water and sort waste fourfold by 2020.”
Come on Ikea, while it’s great news that you have fitted half a million of your very own Ikea solar panels on your own warehouse like stores internationally. Get with the movement and start offering solar security lights and solar garden lights to ensure an entry point to the solar powered home.
The benefits of the Feed-In tariff which can generate a possible £455 a year after maintenance and cost of the solar pv panels is recouped is a worthwhile venture. However for the majority, access to beautifully designed and contemporary solar garden lights and solar security lights would also be very welcomed.
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The Ikea solar panels are a great idea but are for those that can perhaps get a credit like with the international retailer and for those more well off. Either way, a great advertising and eco strategy but the cheapest and nest way to save with little spend is investment in solar garden lights from the outset.