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IKEA has long been a leader in powering itself with renewable energy — wind and solar. Now, it’s also starting to offer whole solar panel systems for consumers. Check out more in this Think Progress repost.
By Ryan Koronowski
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 “because it has the right combination of mid-level electricity prices and government-sponsored financial incentives that make investing in solar energy attractive to consumers,” 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. That’s cheap compared to U.S. solar prices, which reached a low in Texas last month at $ 3.90 per watt — 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 there’s no attached instruction manual. The price also includes installation, maintenance, and energy monitoring after it’s installed.
In July, the Lakeside store east of London enjoyed a successful pilot program of selling one of the Hanergy-produced systems almost every day, and the Southhampton store will start selling them starting [yesterday]. The rest of the Ikeas in Britain will be selling panels over the next 10 months. The average three-bedroom home would see their bills cut by up to 50 percent.
It’s easier for anyone in Britain to buy a solar panel system — residents can purchase a system with no up front cost and pay the government back eventually, and extra power generated by a system can be sold back to the grid.
IKEA Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard told AP that prices on solar panels have dropped enough in recent years so “it’s the right time to go for the consumers.”
Earlier this year, Ikea committed to doubling its investment in renewable energy by 2020, to $ 4 billion, and now has over 500,000 panels on top of stores worldwide. The company set a goal of using 70 percent clean energy by 2015 and 100 percent by 2020.
A solar array on a store in Houston, Texas made the chain the largest solar power owner in the state of Texas last year.
Investing in solar arrays have not hurt the company. Profits rose 8 percent last year.
Consumers have been able to purchase solar-powered lamps for years, but this is the first time full home-based panels have been available.
Ikea did not return a request to comment on when U.S. consumers might see solar panels in their stores at press time, though Howard said other countries may see panels in their stores “eventually.”
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Originally published on the Ecotricity website.
Ecotricity, Britain’s first green energy company, today announced they will now undercut the standard tariffs of the Big Six energy companies, supplying green electricity for less than the price of their standard brown tariffs from Tuesday 1st October.
Until now, Ecotricity has always price matched the standard power prices of the Big Six – however, from October 1st Ecotricity will no longer follow the Big Six price changes, and will instead price its 100% green electricity tariff entirely independently.
Dale Vince, Ecotricity founder, said: “Around 40% of our electricity supply is self-generated by our own fleet of wind and sun parks, and we have planning permission to more than double that supply in the near future – this degree of energy independence now means we can be price independent.
“The good news is that,when we make this change, it will mean slightly lower bills for our customers – it will be a very modest reduction, just a few pounds, but this is a really significant step in our evolution as a green energy company.
“People often falsely assume that green electricity is always more expensive. But most people in Britain are actually still on a standard tariff – so we’re a little cheaper than what the majority pay for brown electricity and we aim to get even cheaper than that big brown price in the near future.”
Ecotricity already offers a one tariff, one price policy, supplying all of its electricity customers with the same 100% green tariff: everyone gets the same tariff at the latest best price, regardless of when they signed up or how they pay (part of Ecotricity’s Ethical Price Promise).
Dale continued: “We are stretching the gap between ourselves and the conventional energy companies – we have one simple 100% green electricity tariff, we continue to invest more per customer in new sources of renewable energy, and we are now moving further away from the price of the Big Six standard tariffs too.
“Our work is aimed at bringing about an energy independent Britain, and as a green energy company we want to demonstrate how this can be achieved – the more of our own energy we produce through our own renewable sources, the greater we’ll be able to shield our customers from price hikes that come with an over-reliance on fossil fuels.It’s all part of our vision for a Green Britain.”
On average, Ecotricity spends more per customer on building new sources of green energy than all other energy providers in Britain put together – on average, over the last nine years, this has equated to almost £300 per customer.
The company currently powers over 75,000 homes and businesses and this year obtained permission for what will be the fourth largest wind park in England, at Heckington Fen in Lincolnshire.
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