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October 21, 2013
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IKEA: Residential Solar Panels To Go On Sale At Stores In Britain

Swedish flat-pack furniture giant IKEA will start selling residential solar panels at its stores in Britain, the first step in its plan to bring renewable energy to the mainstream market worldwide.
The company started selling solar panels made by China’s Hanergy in its store in Southampton on Monday. It will sell them in the rest of Britain in coming months, it said.
A standard, all-black 3.36 kilowatt system for a semi-detached home will cost 5,700 British pounds ($9,200) and will include an in-store consultation and design service as well as installation, maintenance and energy monitoring service.
"In the past few years the prices on solar panels have dropped, so it’s a really good price now," IKEA Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard told The Associated Press. "It’s the right time to go for the consumers."
The solar panel investment will be paid off in about seven years for an average home owner in Britain, Howard said.
"If you are going to be in your house that long, your energy will be free after seven years," he said.
Some retailers in the U.S., including the Home Depot and Lowe’s, already sell solar panels. But in other parts of the world, consumers often have to research a myriad specialist firms before making a purchase. [x]


Pretty neat, but still expensive for the largest of populations, the world’s middle class.

positive-press-daily:

IKEA: Residential Solar Panels To Go On Sale At Stores In Britain

Swedish flat-pack furniture giant IKEA will start selling residential solar panels at its stores in Britain, the first step in its plan to bring renewable energy to the mainstream market worldwide.

The company started selling solar panels made by China’s Hanergy in its store in Southampton on Monday. It will sell them in the rest of Britain in coming months, it said.

A standard, all-black 3.36 kilowatt system for a semi-detached home will cost 5,700 British pounds ($9,200) and will include an in-store consultation and design service as well as installation, maintenance and energy monitoring service.

"In the past few years the prices on solar panels have dropped, so it’s a really good price now," IKEA Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard told The Associated Press. "It’s the right time to go for the consumers."

The solar panel investment will be paid off in about seven years for an average home owner in Britain, Howard said.

"If you are going to be in your house that long, your energy will be free after seven years," he said.

Some retailers in the U.S., including the Home Depot and Lowe’s, already sell solar panels. But in other parts of the world, consumers often have to research a myriad specialist firms before making a purchase. [x]

Pretty neat, but still expensive for the largest of populations, the world’s middle class.

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July 27, 2013
12:22 // 8 months ago
February 25, 2013

IKEA’s Swedish meatballs tainted by horsemeat scandal, too

  • 1,675 pounds worth of Ikea meatballs were prevented from reaching the shelves at stores throughout Europe after it was found that, like hamburgers and lasagna packages before it, they contained horsemeat. Among the countries affected include Slovakia, Hungary, France, Britain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Ireland, according to an AP report. While the company’s Swedish branch was not affected, the company’s local branch nonetheless took the food items off the shelves out of “potential worries among our customers.” It’s a good thing meatballs aren’t their main product. source
8:31 // 1 year ago
December 10, 2012

nationalpost:

Mysterious monkey in posh miniature winter coat found alone at Toronto Ikea
A small monkey, dressed in a shearling-like winter coat, was on the loose outside an Ikea in Toronto’s North York area on Sunday, after letting itself out of its cage and the car belonging to its owners.

At around 3 p.m. ET, the diminutive primate was spotted in the store’s upper parking lot, where it was cornered by several Ikea staff members, who also called animal control to come retrieve the monkey.

“It apparently let itself out of its crate, opened the car door and went for a walk,” Toronto Police Sgt. Ed Dzingala said. “Smart monkey.”

This is one of those things you tell people about, but can’t explain.

8:43 // 1 year ago
August 23, 2012
Today in cost-saving measures: A couple years after controversially switching its official font from Futura to Verdana (in part because it was “cost-effective”), IKEA’s newest catalog has started to use 3D renderings for some of its images, as a cost-saving measure. As long as the furniture we buy is actually rendered in wood, we’re OK with that. We think.

Today in cost-saving measures: A couple years after controversially switching its official font from Futura to Verdana (in part because it was “cost-effective”), IKEA’s newest catalog has started to use 3D renderings for some of its images, as a cost-saving measure. As long as the furniture we buy is actually rendered in wood, we’re OK with that. We think.

11:01 // 1 year ago