'Solar Shops' to help homeowners live more sustainably are to open in IKEA UK stores this summer
IKEA UK has announced the grand opening of instore ‘solar shops’, as part of the company’s misson to help people live more eco friendly and affordably in their own homes homes.
The announcement coincides with new research by IKEA UK which reveals that a third (33%) of UK homeowners would like to invest in solar panels for their home. The key factor influencing decisions being the desire to cut your electricity bills (60%), with statistics suggesting the average UK homeowner could save up to 50%* on their electricity bills.
IKEA ‘Solar Shops’ will launch in three major stores across the UK, with a plan to sell solar panels in all stores by the end of the summer, following an initial UK pilot. According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change and despite the recent changes to the Government-backed Feed-in Tariff Scheme (FiT) , a home solar system remains one of the best investments a homeowner can make today with a 6% annual return, allowing people to pay off the capital invested in the system in roughly 11 years, meanwhile generating free, clean energy.
Joanna Yarrow, Head of Sustainability at IKEA UK and Ireland, said, ‘At IKEA we believe that renewable energy is undoubtedly the power of the future.
‘We know our customers want to live more sustainably, sotogether with Solarcentury we are making solar panels as attractive and affordable as possible.’
IKEA has teamed with Solarcentury, one of the oldest solar companies in the world to provide solar expertise and to supply local installers from its trusted network for IKEA customers purchasing solar panels for their homes.
Susannah Wood, Head of Residential Solar at Solarcentury commented, ‘Together with IKEA we have designed an offer which makes solar simple for homeowners. We’ve blended IKEA’s retail expertise with our solar expertise to arrive at an offer which combines quality with great value for money’
The ‘Solar Shops’ will launch on April 25 2016 in Glasgow, Birmingham, and Lakeside
(Thurrock) and online followed by the Manchester and Southampton stores in May, then all other stores by the end of the 2016 (excluding Order and Collection Points).
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* With the assumptions below resulting in estimated savings and income in the first year of £357.
Average electricity bill: £584 (source: DECC).