IKEA Is Now Selling Solar Panels & Batteries for Your Home

IKEA never fails to offer must-have essentials for your home, as the Swedish multinational furniture company is now selling solar panels and home batteries.

Exclusive to customers in the U.K. for now, IKEA has partnered with solar firm Solarcentury to make the sale possible.

“We’re committed to helping homeowners reap the benefits of going solar and our business partnership with Ikea is a significant step forwards for the renewable energy industry,” said Susannah Wood, head of residential solar at Solarcentury in a statement. “The cost of solar installations has dropped considerably in recent years and is in fact 100 times cheaper than it was 35 years ago.”

With prices for solar battery storage starting at around $3,970 USD — the home batteries are designed to work with existing solar panels, or as part of a new combined home solar panel / battery storage system that IKEA is selling.

The batteries will allow users to store electricity generated by the sun from their solar panels, and use it when they want. IKEA says that an average UK home with solar panels will typically consume around 40 percent of the solar electricity it generates, although, using storage, an average home can double its solar electricity usage to 80 percent, while electricity bills can be cut by up to 70 percent.

Also, the company recently unveiled a cookable “Easy Recipe Series” book to encourage more creativity in the kitchen.

IKEA to Start Selling Limited Edition Fine Art

Swedish furniture manufacturer IKEA will reportedly be selling limited edition fine art pieces as part of its new “Art Photography” collection. A follow-up to last year’s street art range, the series will include 11 works by contemporary photographers from around the world, spanning from “the highly abstract to the figurative,” as stated by the company. Big names such as Rankin, best known for his portrait works and Dazed Magazine, and Jill Greenberg have created affordable prints that will be on display at IKEA locations for a couple weeks during the spring season starting April 4, as long as supplied last. Unlike the mass-produced photos available for purchase throughout the year, these works will be discontinued once they’re sold out.