UK’s SolarCentury lands deal with IKEA

UK’s SolarCentury lands deal with IKEA

UK solar company SolarCentury has signed a contract with Swedish home retailer IKEA to sell solar panels in its stores.

Customers will be able to purchase the solar panels online and at three stores in Glasgow, Birmingham and Lakeside before the ‘Solar Shops’ become available in all UK stores by the end of the summer.

This is IKEA’s second attempt to sell solar panels in its stores after a two year trial with China’s Hanergy finished last year.

Joanna Yarrow, head of sustainability at Ikea UK and Ireland said: “Obviously the climate has been changing in the past year in the UK but, nonetheless, our research showed a third of homeowners would really like to invest in solar, and the majority of those are driven by the opportunity to save money.”

The company’s research indicated that of the one-third of people who wanted solar, 60 per cent did so because of savings on electricity bills, and that the average solar install should cut buyers’ electricity bills in half.

An average system for a semi-detached house with 10 panels would cost from £4,550, the company added.