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Ikea readies solar panels for UK market

Prices start at £5,700 and could see homeowners save up to £768 per year

Solar panels are becoming increasingly popular with 400,000 small generators currently in use in the UK

The Swedish retailer will stock solar panels in its 18 UK shops within 10 months. The solar panels are on sale from £5,700 and could save a three-bedroom-semi-detached house up to £768 per year, through reduced energy bills and payments linked to energy production.

Industry experts estimate that buyers may be able to recoup their initial investment after seven years.

A growing market

The decision to offer the product across the UK was taken following a successful trial in July and shows that the market for solar panels in the UK is expanding.

The main reasons for this increased adoption rate are price drops and increased government subsidies. At present, 400,000 small solar energy generators are in use throughout Britain.

Mass-market solar panels could make ‘greener’ lifestyle more attractive

Speaking on the initiative, Head of Sustainability at Ikea Joanna Yarrow said: “At Ikea we’re excited to be able to help customers take positive actions at home for both the environment and their wallets. We know that our customers want to live more sustainably and we hope working with Hanergy to make solar panels affordable and easily available helps them do just that.

“We want to make a greener, more sustainable way of life attractive and easy for as many people as possible, so in addition we’re dedicated to expanding our range of sustainable products that help customers save energy, water and sort waste fourfold by 2020.”

The Swedish company has placed more than half a million solar panels on its shops across the globe.

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  • Alan Smith

    OK, pay more money for under estimating mileage but will they refund for those who over estimate?

    • Mikey ref

      No chance insurers refunding money- they are bigger rogues than estate agents and bankers! As for non insured drivers ban them for 10 years and fine them the equivalent Of the average insurance for 100insurers since they last past their test or they can prove they held insurance, a fine of £100 is no deterrent – why should I be paying for their theft!!

    • GampUK

      Yes, in principle, but the higher the cost the less likely people are to get insurance and the people who don’t get insurance are mostly people who don’t give a flying fox anyway. Why not give all traffic wardens mobile ANPR based links to the national insurance and MoT database and impound all non compliant vehicles. I’m surprised a private company hasn’t negotiated a contract with the authorities and started doing this it must be worth a few quid.

      • Karl Berger

        I completely agree with gampuk. A great idea too.

  • Geoff Blake

    I can understand that the wearing of high heeled shoes can make driving unsafe, but how high is “high”, or has some insurance assessor arbitrarily decided that all heels are “high.” The same goes for driving in sandals or perhaps trainers or plimsolls. I understand that the “reason” given is one is not able to provide enough pressure to the brake pedal in an emergency, but the vast majority of, if not all vehicles have servo (power assisted) braking systems which do not require vast amounts of force (if too much force is applied the anti-lock braking systems fitted to many cars will come into play.)

    It seems to me that in the headlong rush to reduce prices, less reputable insurance companies work hard to wriggle out of claims. Some years back, I had an insurance company wriggle very hard to avoid paying out for transport damage on a computer “because they are not designed for moving about” – the computer in question was a laptop! Perhaps it is time for the insurance ombudsman to take a more proactive role.

  • Andrew Christopher Thompson

    It’s a scam how do you know how many miles you do in a year you can put travel to work but what about traveling on holidays or picking family up from the airport it’s a scam and shouldnt be allowed

    • Toni-Leigh Sharpe

      I’m guessing they just get the mileage when you bought the car and the mileage now then average and if your way off, then void

    • Dirk

      theres a magical device called an ‘odometer’ that tells you how many miles your car has done! every car has one.

      • Andrew Christopher Thompson

        Well yeah but one year you can do 11 thousand miles the next you can do 15 thousand miles you won’t know till you do the miles me and my partner swap between cars so how many miles do you put down

    • Paul Riley

      if you state your only going to do 5k miles for low insurance, then it is you defrauding the insurance company if you are going to knowingly do more. they allow 10% for unforseen circumstances, but it up to you to inform them if your circumstances change.

  • Martin Pritchard

    They bumped my premium up by fifty quid for having the audacity to go to Spain leaving my car parked where one of the neighbours’ idiotic brats could plough his sister’s car into the side of it.