IKEA and Solar Panels

You may be busily searching for back to school items to decorate your dorm room or apartment, and most of you may be turning to IKEA.  Granted, I have my fair share of complaints with the store, but it has recently been reported that IKEA may be adding solar panels to its shelves as part of a $77 million dollar clean technology project.


Also included in their green initiative is getting rid of plastic bags at the checkout.  They currently charge their British customers for use of the bags, but I have not noticed this stateside yet.  According to CNet News, IKEA has already undertaken quite a bit of green initiatives:

In the early years of this decade, the modern-furnishings goliath pledged to phase out unhealthy formaldehyde and PVC in its core products, and to stock wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Parallels have also been made between IKEA and Wal-Mart.  Wal-Mart, as we know, has a great opportunity to push the household products green initiative even further, and IKEA possess this same strong hold with household furnishings.  I will be interested to see what will come of this!

I think journalist Elsa Wenzel put it best, the question on everyone’s mind is, will we need an Allen wrench to assemble the solar panels?

And, just for fun, you can click here to find out what your IKEA furniture name is. Leave your IKEA name in the comment section below! Mine is, SFRISJTA.

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2 responses to “IKEA and Solar Panels

  1. I’m looking at about $10k/kW to have a system installed on my roof, however, city subsidies will cut that cost in half. It’ll take much more than a distribution network and bulk discounts to get that kind of price reduction, so Ikea will have to work with local utilities. Ikea will also have to work out grid connections with local utilities or sell battery packs (preferably both). Lastly, this kind of installation is definitely not a do-it-yourselfer. They’ll need a qualified installation force or subcontracted installers. Furthermore, since Ikea must qualify for local utility rebates for their prices to be attractive and competitive, and since rebates are only paid out AFTER the city has inspected the installation, a good deal of coordination will be required to make this a reality. More than simply selling solar panels, if Ikea can do all this coordination, they can truly make solar panels accessible to the general public.

  2. christakoskosky

    Obviously you raise a lot of great points. I tried to research further plans (specifically some sort of release from IKEA), but was unable to do so. It will be interesting to see if this idea is able to develop further. Thanks for the great comment Noel!

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