IKEA Group, which is partnering with Chinese solar power equipment manufacturer Hanergy Solar UK, has announced it will move its residential solar service beyond the United Kingdom and into eight new countries. IKEA CEO Peter Agnefjäll made the announcement at the United Nation's Climate Summit.
IKEA and Hanergy work to make solar energy affordable for homeowners by offering a full installation package with warranties at an affordable price. They will begin their expansion in the Netherlands, where they plan to have services available by Oct. 28, then to Switzerland, where consumers can work with the partners by mid-December.
The solar systems are currently sold in 18 stores in the U.K.
"We know that our customers want to save energy and live more sustainably at home, but we believe they shouldn't spend more money or time to do so," said Agnefjäll. "That is why we are determined to make sustainability both affordable and attractive to as many people as possible."
IKEA has also made an effort to increase its own renewable energy production and use. The company has invested approximately $1.9 million dollars to install wind and solar power installations for its operations.