IKEA yesterday announced its partnership with home energy service provider SunPower, a 35-year solar veteran, to sell home solar panels to US customers. The Swedish-based multinational wants to make solar energy more easily accessible to consumers.
Home Solar with IKEA is expected to launch in select California markets in fall 2022, then gradually expand to the United States.
Javier Quiñones, CEO and Director of Sustainability at IKEA US, said:
We are proud to partner with SunPower to bring this service to the United States and enable our customers to make individual choices aimed at reducing their overall climate footprint.
Launching Home Solar with IKEA will give more people more control over their energy needs, and we aim to offer the clean energy service at other IKEA locations in the future.
The kit furniture giant already sells solar panels in 11 other markets. Customers in these markets can track their consumption with an app, and they can also sell excess electricity back to IKEA.
Regarding the specific details of how IKEA’s solar offering will work for customers, a SunPower spokesperson said. Electrek:
SunPower creates solar offerings exclusively for IKEA US, and product and service information will be available to customers in-store and online. The program will launch this fall in select California stores for members of the IKEA Family customer loyalty program.
Like fast business highlighted IKEA’s clean energy initiatives in August 2021:
In 2016, [IKEA] pledged to produce more renewable electricity than it uses by 2020 and exceeded its goal by investing in two solar farms in the United States and a wind farm in Romania. After investing $2.8 billion in green energy, the company has also installed more than 920,000 solar panels in 370 of its stores (just under 90% of its total number of stores) and warehouses in worldwide.
In the United States, IKEA has a clean energy portfolio that includes two wind farms, two solar parks, two geothermal systems, seven biogas cells and solar panels on the roofs of 90% of IKEA sites.
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