In the UK, IKEA has begun selling solar panels at its stores. The furniture retailer already announced plans to switch over to solar and wind power by 2020, but now it wants to help customers incorporate renewable energy at home. “It’s the right time to go for the consumers,” said IKEA’s sustainability director Steve Howard, speaking to the Associated Press.
But you won’t be buying these solar panels on a whim; a 3.36 kilowatt system is priced at £5,700 ($9,200), though that investment includes an in-store consultation, installation costs, and maintenance services. Despite the high ticket price, the panels will essentially have paid for themselves after about seven years of ownership. Solar panels have come down in price in recent months because China, where the vast majority of the world’s photovoltaic cells are produced, has suffered a glut due to overproduction.