Within the next year, British shoppers will be able to waltz into an Ikea Corp. store, home to Malm beds and Dinera plates, and buy solar panels.
But it might be a while longer before their American counterparts will be able to do the same.
The Swedish home goods giant will offer photovoltaic solar panel packages in its 17 British stores within the next 10 months. The systems, from Chinese manufacturer Hanergy Solar Group, will cost roughly $9,200 for a three-bedroom home.
With the help of British government subsidies, panel purchasers should be able to see returns within seven years, according to Ikea.
Last year, Ikea paired with Hanergy to install rooftop photovoltaic modules on Ikea stores in China.
The retailer has for years pursued an eco-friendly philosophy, offering energy-efficient appliances and LED bulbs while also pledging to rely on renewable power for all of its energy needs by 2020.