IKEA and Hanergy make solar energy an ‘affordable reality’ in MK

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Home furnishings expert IKEA has teamed up with global solar giant Hanergy to make it easier for families in Milton Keynes to lead a more sustainable life at home.

Many homeowners in the city want to save money on energy bills by installing solar panels but are put off by the price, according to new figures.

IKEA quizzed shoppers in Milton Keynes on sustainable living and discovered many were in the dark about solar energy. Only eight per cent of homeowners said they had already made the switch to solar panels, with over two thirds saying they were put off by the cost.

The research identified a number of concerns including the “ugly” appearance of solar panels and also confusion around whether there is enough sunshine in the UK to power them.

Britons also dramatically underestimated just how much they might earn and save on energy bills, with 29 per cent believing they would only save up to £100, whereas the true figure is £740 a year.

Now, in a move designed to bring home solar into the mainstream, IKEA has teamed up with Hanergy, the solar energy giant, to offer a full solar installation service to its customers at a price they can afford directly from the high street, cutting out the middle-man.

In keeping with the home furnishing company’s commitment to keeping all its prices low, IKEA Family Members can now purchase a standard 3.36kW photovoltaic (PV) system for a semi-detached home for as little as £5,700, inclusive of VAT, or opt for the leading solar finance package in the UK and pay nothing upfront.

Resembling flat screen TVs, the next generation all-black Hanergy solar panels are among the most advanced models on the market.

The nationwide initiative arrives at IKEA’s Milton Keynes store in Bletcham Way on Monday, October 14 and is being rolled out in all 17 IKEA stores across the UK within the next 10 months.

IKEA stores across the UK will be dedicating space in store for solar energy experts Hanergy Solar UK to showcase the very real financial benefits of home solar panel systems and enable customers to touch and feel the equipment themselves.

In July 2013 a successful pilot began in the Lakeside store, where a PV system is now sold almost every day.