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Ikea Is Officially Selling Solar Panels And Batteries In The UK

By Brian Spaen

Ikea looks to be in the solar power generation industry for the long haul. On Tuesday, Ikea announced that it is partnering with Solarcentury, a solar company, to sell solar batteries with the ultimate goal of making power storage more affordable and accessible for everyday citizens.

Notably, this isn't the retail giant's first endeavor into bringing green energy to the masses. For example, back in 2013, Ikea started selling solar panels in the UK. That came to a halt after the local government announced in December it was going to cut solar subsidies by 65 percent. Naturally, that made solar panel sales plummet across the region. However, Ikea's partnership with Solarcentury has the makings of a big step in the right direction.

Solar panels have been the focus since reintroducing the product, but Ikea has recently added a new battery storage option. It can be purchased separately for those that already have solar panels installed on their rooftops, or it can be added into the setup for new customers. It’s a hefty purchase checking in at $4,000 US for the battery itself and slightly over $8,000 US for the entire package based on location and solar array size. However, the battery itself is lower than the $7,000 US it takes to install Tesla’s Powerwall.