Ikea has launched a range of solar panels and home battery packs in the UK. Partnering up with Solarcentury, the country's leading provider of solar technology, the company hopes to simplify customers' efforts to make their homes more eco-friendly.
While the systems cost thousands of British pounds, Ikea claims that they could cut owners' electricity bill by up to 50 percent. An online tool can estimate the savings based on geographic location (postal code), based on measurements of the roof taken from satellite imagery.
While Ikea's furniture is generally self-assembly, solar panels will be installed by experts. Interested parties can get a free quote, which is verified by a home survey before engineers install the hardware.
Solar power is becoming more and more accessible. Many expect Tesla's solar roof to further expand the reach of the technology because of its cheaper price tag than current implementations, and its completely noninvasive appearance.
The big difference with Ikea is that, unlike Tesla, Ikea is a tried-and-true brand, and the convenience of its installation process will appeal to a lot of consumers. If its solar range proves to be popular in the UK, we might even expect to see the company expand the program to other countries.