IKEA have announced that they will no longer be selling domestic solar panels in the UK, as the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) comes to an end.
IKEA first stepped into the domestic solar market in 2013, committing to supplying Solarcentury products from 2016 and adding solar batteries to their renewable energy products a year later.
However, after the Feed-in Tariff, a government scheme entitling eligible homeowners and businesses to payments for the energy being produced by their solar panels, closed on 31 March 2019, IKEA have stopped supplying solar panels in the UK.
An IKEA spokesperson has cited that the end of the FiT makes solar panels an ‘unviable’ commercial prospect until improvements are made to the UK solar market.
A statement on the Solarcentury website, IKEA’s solar panel partner, reads: “We have received a large volume of solar enquiries in anticipation of the closure of the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) on 31st March 2019. This has resulted in all of our installation slots being booked.
“Post March, 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. Solarcentury together with IKEA would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.”