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What Happened to IKEA Solar Panels?

IKEA sold solar panels and batteries in the UK from 2017 to 2019

The company stopped when the government cancelled the Feed-in Tariff

IKEA still sells solar panels in several European nations and Australia

IKEA is one of the best destinations in the UK for affordable, trustworthy home products, so you’d naturally look to this Swedish superstore to save on solar panel costs.

It just makes sense – and for a brief, shining moment, IKEA sold solar panels and batteries in the UK, for the kind of low prices you’d expect from the Scandinavian giant.

Unfortunately, IKEA stopped selling solar panels a couple of years ago, and in this article, we’ll explain what happened.

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With the Smart Export Guarantee making it increasingly profitable for homeowners to invest in solar power, IKEA’s panels may yet return to enjoy more days in the British sun.

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Does IKEA still sell solar panels?

Yes and no. IKEA does sell solar panels – but not in the UK.

The chain told us that it currently sells solar arrays in 10 European countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

And in 2020, IKEA expanded its solar offerings into Australia.

But the UK hasn’t been able to access IKEA solar panels for years, with sales here officially “on pause” for the time being.

What happened to IKEA solar panels in the UK?

IKEA solar panels were launched in the UK in 2017, then pulled from the market in 2019.

What happened? To put it simply: the Feed-in Tariff ended.

Under this scheme, the government paid households for each kilowatt hour (kWh) of renewable electricity they produced, and homeowners could sell any unused electricity to the National Grid.

It was a roaring success, prompting a fourfold expansion of the UK’s renewable energy capacity, but it was shuttered at the end of March 2019.

This prompted IKEA to stop selling solar panels in the country, because the chain thought it no longer made financial sense for consumers to opt for solar.

It’s also possible that the cost incurred by IKEA’s decision to subcontract its UK solar sales to Solar Century – who in turn subcontracted to others – meant the operation didn’t generate large enough profits.

An IKEA spokesperson said in 2019: “At this point in time, we do not feel that the majority of new home solar customers will get a good deal, making the commercial offer unviable until the UK solar market landscape improves.”

Solarcentury, which was IKEA’s solar partner in the UK at the time, explained: “The closure of the Feed-in Tariff and the uncertainty as to when and how this will be replaced means we are putting our solar offer under review.”

And the latest word from IKEA’s current solar partner, Svea Solar, is that “in the UK, sales are on pause.”

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Shirley has a 2.4 kW solar array and a Solax battery, and managed to break even on the system in 10 years. Despite electricity prices increasing around the world, Shirley’s panels have brought her energy bills down to £15 a month, instead of £50. 

Check out the full interview with Shirley to learn more about solar panels.

Could IKEA solar panels return to the UK?

IKEA hasn’t made any promises – but it seems like it’s only a matter of time. As of April 2023, there have been no updates on when or if Ikea will start selling solar panels in the UK again.

The Swedish company has been consistent with its approach: it will sell solar panels when and where they achieve a significant return on investment for consumers.

On its Solar Home site, IKEA says: “To have a real impact we know we need to make our offer affordable, and combine it with an attractive financial offer.”

With the Smart Export Guarantee in place now – and electricity prices staying high for the foreseeable future – solar power is profitable in the UK once again.

And since the company stopped selling solar equipment in the UK, its passion for drawing renewable energy from the sun has only grown – the UK now has a stunning 1.3 million solar panel systems on its buildings.

We asked IKEA if there were any plans to bring solar panels back to British stores, to which a spokesperson responded: “The UK [arm of the business] currently has no plans to begin selling solar panels at this current time.”

How much do IKEA solar panels cost?

IKEA typically charges much less for solar panels than other companies do.

Take its Australian arm, for example. In Melbourne, thanks partly to government help, you can purchase a 6.6kW solar array from IKEA for AU$4,155 (£2,251). Want to compare this to other solar panel prices? Head to our Solar Panel Costs page to get a better idea.

Want a solar battery to help you take advantage of all that gorgeous Australian sunlight? That’ll be another AU$4,770 (£2,584), for a total cost of AU$8,925 (£4,836).

In the UK, a household with the same solar array would pay off the cost in three years.

Unfortunately, no company can afford to sell solar panels for such an affordable price in the UK, especially as government subsidies are conspicuous by their absence.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom for customers. Solar panels are still profitable in the UK, just not until you’ve had them for more than a decade.

And solar panel installers are still succeeding in the current climate, where an increasing number of homes are choosing to go solar.

If IKEA started designing and selling its own solar panels at reasonable prices, in the way it does with all its other products, it could make large profits in the UK solar market.

Does IKEA still sell solar batteries?

As with solar panels, IKEA no longer sells solar batteries in the UK.

The company does still sell solar batteries in many European countries, plus Australia, and the signs are good that it’ll bring the product back to UK stores at some point.

Next steps

You could play the waiting game, since it seems inevitable that IKEA will begin selling solar panels and batteries to UK consumers in the next few years.

Or you could start profiting from solar panels by purchasing them from one of the many high-quality manufacturers that already sell their products in this country.

After all, solar energy is popular right now, with 65% of people telling our National Home Energy Survey that they were likely to buy a house with solar panels.

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IKEA works with Australian solar panel manufacturer Solargain, who are the largest producer of solar panels in the country. They also provide solar water heaters, which use solar energy in much the same way as solar panels, but to warm water instead.

You can pick up a 6.6 kilowatt (kW) IKEA solar panel system for AU$6,590 without the Australian government’s various renewable energy subsidies. The Australian government offers up to AU$396 off of every kilowatt, so IKEA’s system will cost you AU$4,155.

After purchasing your solar panel system from IKEA, your panels will be delivered and a professional will install the system on your roof. You don’t have to worry about transporting or installing the solar panels yourself, as this is included in the final price.
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josh jackman
Josh has written about eco-friendly home improvements and climate change for the past four years. His work has been displayed on the front page of the Financial Times, he's been interviewed by BBC One's Rip-Off Britain, and he regularly features in The Telegraph and on BBC Radio.
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Charlie has been researching and writing about the home energy market for over five years, and he has been the editor of The Eco Experts since 2021. Charlie's thoughts on solar panels have seen him featured in various publications, including The Times, Ideal Home, and Grand Designs Magazine. Ever since he can remember, Charlie has worried about the planet, and he one day dreams of owning a solar power farm.
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