High demand sees increased shelf space for solar energy products
Almost a year ago, after three years, IKEA stopped selling solar energy products. Last April, they had a change of heart and reinstated them. Their two month hiatus coincided with a change of supplier. Before November 2015, their supplier of solar panels was Hanenergy. Their present-day supplier is Solarcentury.
By January 2017, sales picked up. Demand for its range of sustainable energy products have risen by 13.3%. This has included LED lighting, water meters and rechargeable batteries, as well as residential solar energy systems. As to how much of the 13.3% rise in sales were solar panels remains to be seen.
Solar energy has consolidated itself as a renewable form of energy for commercial and residential properties. Recent incentives have made PV renewable energy popular with households. IKEA’s success is in spite of HM Government cuts to the feed-in tariff. Their PV renewable energy systems were first sold in three IKEA stores: Lakeside, Birmingham, and Glasgow and soon, all of its UK stores will have the full range.
The solar panels sold in IKEA stores today are more efficient than those supplied by Hanenergy. Theirs were made of thin film, which lacked the energy efficiency and reliability of the polycrystalline and monocrystalline panels offered by Solarcentury.
Solarcentury were formed in 1998 and are one of the oldest companies in the field of renewable energy. Their solar systems have been erected on more than a thousand sites around the world. The company is headed by Frans van der Heuvel with its founding director is Jeremy Leggett, noted for his columns in The Guardian and the Financial Times.
IKEA and Solarcentury are a good fit in terms of their approach to renewable energy. Solarcentury have worked with communities to expand the uptake of solar energy. IKEA have greened their stores with solar panels on some of their branches. And, for the first time in the company’s history, Ikea has a zero waste to landfill figure, paving the way for other retailers.