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mastermariner

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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 9:35:40 AM

Swedish flat-pack furniture giant IKEA will start selling residential solar panels at its stores in Britain, the first step in its plan to bring renewable energy to the mainstream market worldwide.

The company started selling solar panels made by China's Hanergy in its store in Southampton on Monday. It will sell them in the rest of Britain in coming months, it said.

A standard, all-black 3.36 kilowatt system for a semi-detached home will cost 5,700 British pounds ($9,200) and will include an in-store consultation and design service as well as installation, maintenance and energy monitoring service.

"In the past few years the prices on solar panels have dropped, so it's a really good price now," IKEA Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard told The Associated Press. "It's the right
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TruthMatters
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 9:18:34 AM

Good idea. Home Depot should follow suit
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 8:41:29 AM

QUOTE ::::"Do up your house with IKEA and you have a place unlike anything or anybody else's."
---Except for all the thousands of other people shopping at IKEA.:::



NOt true at all. Unless you live in an IKEA city. I live 50 miles from the nearest one. Almost no one around here has any concept of what the store is. You certainly don't see IKEA items in people's homes.

Unlike Home Depot, which is on every street corner, IKEA is only in a few markets natinwide. I go into someone's house and instantly pick out the HOME Depot light fixture, cabinets, faucet, sinks, etc.




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BurntOrange
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 7:37:50 AM

Hemond wrote:

"Do up your house with IKEA and you have a place unlike anything or anybody else's."

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Except for all the thousands of other people shopping at IKEA.
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jrs4125
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 7:26:50 AM

Alrighty then.
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BennoBlue
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:36:05 AM

CrackedLCD says:
> If they're as flimsy as the rest of IKEA's furniture I wouldn't
> expect them to outlast the first southern hail storm.

I'll second Hemond's thoughts here: Sure, some furniture at IKEA is very minimal either for style, or to be budget priced for those buying on a shoestring. Other furniture is extremely sturdy, for those who have a bigger budget to work with. I've been pleased with the quality of what I've gotten from IKEA, but I've also not been buying one of the pieces intended for college students.

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bston
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:04:47 AM

Probably the beginning of more to come.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 10:55:37 PM

I bet they will sold next in the U.S.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 10:26:10 PM

wow.
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 10:05:56 PM

QUOTE :::Not sure I buy into the IKEA concept ...........
:::


Old time IKEA shopper here. Like anything else, it has its ups and downs. What I like about them is the eye appeal, leading edge fashion, and high style of many items. They really are good looking, and unique. Do up your house with IKEA and you have a place unlike anything or anybody else's.

Quality is a judgement call. Some things are absolutely first rate while others are junk garbage. But all you have to do is hold the item to judge for yourself.

The kitchen cabinets, countertops, hardware, appliances and gadgets are very good. Still I'm uneasy with the appliances. They look and feel great, but where do you get parts for European brands? Still, a top notch induction cooktop and a counter depth refrigerator for under $1000 is worth the gamble.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 6:11:02 PM

I wonder how much they cost to install.
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Tacodan
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 5:18:40 PM

Not sure I buy into the IKEA concept ...........
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 3:03:07 PM

I'm guessing that they suck.
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peakkeller
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 2:26:52 PM

Interesting
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daytonabiker
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 1:55:30 PM

when are they coming to wal mart or lowes?
now electric cars make sense
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 1:42:51 PM


Not American made!!!!
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markcayer
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 1:04:13 PM

If they would sell panels made domestically I would be on board
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 12:54:59 PM

Sounded good until I read "made by China..."
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 12:49:19 PM

::::;If they're as flimsy as the rest of IKEA's furniture I wouldn't expect them to outlast the first southern hail storm.::::


Not everything at IKEA is flimsy. You gotta pick and choose. The kitchen stuff is world class and far better than what you can get elsewhere for twice the price. Plus its unique, with lots of eye appeal.
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 12:47:01 PM

QUOTE ::::: if I had an EV to plug into a Solar System that is on the roof of my house. Then we could consolidate two
bills into one!:::


Err, a solar array doesn't produce any power at night...unless you are charging your EV during the day, this doesn't work. You still need the power company.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 12:40:24 PM

If they're as flimsy as the rest of IKEA's furniture I wouldn't expect them to outlast the first southern hail storm.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 12:34:30 PM

Good. Electricity rates keep going up--it's a good investment that adds to the value of a home. It costs less than remodeling a kitchen with monthly "dividends" besides!
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 12:07:46 PM

Sounds encouraging! I wonder how much an equivalent system would cost here in the US? Will have to research it. It would be nice to be independent from the electric company and the oil companies if I had an EV to plug into a Solar System that is on the roof of my house. Then we could consolidate two
bills into one!
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 11:41:53 AM

when are these getting more afordable
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 11:41:25 AM


Prices will need to come down.
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mitt4prez
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 11:31:15 AM

Solar panels in Britain. Sure, an excellent use of solar panels. Meanwhile IKEA rakes in good govt subsidies for doing so. Crony capitalism at its best.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 11:17:26 AM

Forward thinking, nice to see.
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 11:17:17 AM

:::::Odd thing for a furniture and accessory store to sell...
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Well, they do sell complete kitchens, including appliances, bathrooms, elaborate closet systems, heavy duty kitchen appliances. Excellent quality too. Unique. Its not that big a stretch if the panels are now similar to an appliance.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 11:15:54 AM

good for them
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 11:08:42 AM

Never been in an IKEA store and don't understand their cachet with certain buyers, but if they think they can sell solar kits to the same customers who buy their furniture and other goods, who's to say they're wrong?
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 10:57:16 AM

Odd thing for a furniture and accessory store to sell...
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 10:48:23 AM

Depends on the life of the solar panel. But, if you saved $50 a month on your energy bill then it should pay for itself in 15 years. Dependability is a key feature that they must have.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 10:44:25 AM

$9,200 really good price??? Really?
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 10:26:03 AM

Cool news!
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 10:17:18 AM

will check it.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 10:16:20 AM

Good trend continuing.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 10:03:48 AM

git r dun
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 9:50:57 AM

And we should care because?
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mastermariner
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 9:44:58 AM

for a 7, you have to look at the forest not the tree
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 9:41:40 AM

they also are responsible for destruction of major forests for wooden funiture
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 9:40:51 AM

any related to cars and gas????
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