IKEA to Sell Solar Panels

Brooklyn Solar PanelsFurniture retail giant Ikea has announced plans to sell flat-packed solar panels.

Ikea’s thin film cells for residential roofs will cost £5700 ($7,745 US) for 18 panels and – unlike the self-assembly bookcases and sofas the brand is known for – will include installation. The panels are made in Germany by Chinese producer Hanergy Solar.

The scheme will be rolled out to all UK stores in the next ten months, where customers will be able to see the products and have a consultation.

Ikea has already installed more than 250,000 solar panels on the roofs of its own buildings worldwide. In July, the company used its expertise in flat-pack design to redesign refugee shelters and later the same month it relaunched the first flat-pack table, originally produced 60 years ago.

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Images: Apartment Therapy, Finance & Commerce, NPR

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