Coming Soon to IKEA Shelves: Solar Panels
Don't worry: you won't have to install them yourself
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2013 3:52 PM CDT
An exterior view of the Ikea furniture store in Duisburg, western Germany.   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

(Newser) – IKEA is perhaps best known for flogging flat-packs of unpronounceable but affordable furniture and modestly-priced meatballs, but the Swedish-owned retailer will soon be adding a surprising new item to its UK stores: solar panels. At $9,200 for a pack of 18 panels, the product will be pricier than most IKEA items, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal report. But the company says it's still cheaper than the prices their competitors charge, and promises buyers they'll make their investment back in about seven years thanks to lower bills and government incentives, the Journal reports.

One IKEA case study of a semi-detached house with a south-facing roof in the UK estimates the panels would generate about $1,200 a year for the owners through savings and subsidies, reports Reuters. "You don't have to care about the environment and climate change, you can just care about the finances," IKEA's sustainability chief tells the Journal. And unlike the company's bookshelves and desks, buyers won't have to tackle the solar panels with an Allen key themselves—installation and maintenance is part of the package.

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Oct 9, 2013 5:30 PM CDT
That's a bit much but should serve a modest sized home along with other techniques such as wind energy, solar water heat, natural lighting, and creative hvac design.
Oct 3, 2013 10:35 PM CDT
Everything is not just about money. We can't continue to pollute our planet, and its resources are finite. Fossil fuels will run out eventually. We must use every reasonable energy source available, if we want to survive.
Oct 3, 2013 6:35 PM CDT
WALMART! are you listening to this? get on board....