IKEA and SunPower have agreed to launch a new partnership in California in the fall.
From pv magazine USA
IKEA has launched a partnership with SunPower to offer solar home solutions, starting this fall in select California markets. Members of the IKEA customer loyalty program will be able to purchase home solar systems and energy storage batteries in stores.
The partnership brings IKEA’s strengths in retail and housing, and SunPower has more than 35 years of experience in the solar industry. SunPower systems are backed by a 25-year warranty, covering everything from panels to racking to monitoring hardware. It has one of the highest DC power output protections in the solar industry, with 92% DC power in year 25.
SunPower’s energy storage offering, called SunVault, provides backup power and can perform other services such as peak demand response. It is equipped with a continuous power of 6.8 kW, a nominal energy capacity of 13 kWh/26 kWh and a 10-year warranty. It measures 26 inches x 63 inches x 15 inches and is rated for indoor or outdoor use.
“At IKEA, we are passionate about helping our customers live a more sustainable life at home. We are proud to partner with SunPower to bring this service to the US and enable our customers to make individual decisions to reduce their overall climate footprint,” said Javier Quiñones, CEO and Chief Sustainability Officer, noting that the The goal is to expand the service to additional locations beyond select California retail sites in the future.
company sustainability measures also expand beyond the residential solar partnership, including goals to become “climate positive” by 2030. It has a portfolio that includes multiple utility-scale solar, wind and geothermal systems. Solar panels top 90% of their retail locations.
The company has also instituted a buyback and resale program, which gives members of the loyalty program the opportunity to resell gently used IKEA furniture in exchange for store credit. Instead of being disposed of in landfills, furniture can be reused and sold at an affordable price in the “as is” section of the store.
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