Home Solar with IKEA
Frequently Asked Questions
A: It is a complete turn-key solar energy system that contains a solar panel design that fits your roof, full installation of solar panels, microinverters, and mounting system, complete with a monitoring app for your phone. There are different price points to fit the budgets of the many people. IKEA, together with SunPower, intends to make clean energy affordable, accessible and easy to understand.
A: In order to provide to our customers with great technical expertise, IKEA is partnering with SunPower. SunPower has been in business for more than 37 years and globally has more than 13.2 GW of installed solar capacity to date. That's the equivalent of powering over 7.5 million homes each year. SunPower’s solar panels among the most efficient and durable technologies on the market. The Home Solar offer combines the IKEA knowledge of life at home with SunPower’s technical expertise in solar energy to secure a great customer offer and experience. You will be redirected to the SunPower website after signing into your IKEA Family account for more information.
A: First, sunlight hits a solar panel on the roof. The panels generate direct current (DC), energy which flows to an inverter. The inverter converts the electricity from DC to alternating current (AC), which you can then use to power your home. It's beautifully simple and clean, and it's getting more efficient and affordable all the time.
The solar system generates electricity during the day to power your home. If you have a solar storage system, any excess solar energy generated can be stored in your home solar storage battery. In the evening, the energy stored in the solar storage system can be used to help decrease the amount of electricity drawn from the grid. The solar plus storage system enables you to generate your own electricity and then use it when it best suits your needs.
A: When you install solar panels you will save by reducing your electricity consumption from the grid and thus, you’ll see a reduction in your electricity bill. If you choose to install a battery, your savings will likely be even higher as you can consume the excess electricity you produced and stored during sunny hours in the evening or when the sun is not shining.
A: One of the advantages of solar energy is that the addition of PV panels can increase home values. In 2019, an online real estate marketplace found that U.S. homes with solar panels typically sell for 4.1% more than comparable homes.*
Home Solar offer:
A: IKEA is launching the partnership with SunPower in the state of California in September 2022. California is an excellent place to start, as it leads the United States in residential solar installation. IKEA Home Solar is already present in Australia, and 10 markets in Europe, so we are just getting started, with desire to expand soon.
A: No, the offer is currently for a complete solar system, including a battery if desired. We would suggest you reach out to the company that originally installed your panels to see if they can assist to install more panels or a battery.
A: You would need to own the home where you want the solar system to be installed. In case you live in a rented home the purchase of the solar system must be done by your landlord.
A: At this time, our focus is on residential solar systems. Check back with us to see if the offer is updated in the future.
A: Solar energy is the most abundant source of energy on Earth. About 173,000 terawatts of solar energy strike the Earth at any given time - more than 10,000 times the world's total energy needs. Going solar is for everyone, and there are 47.1 gigawatts of total solar capacity already installed in the US nationwide. The history of photovoltaic (PV) solar power began with scientific experimentation during the late 1800s. The environmental benefits of solar power are undeniable, and it's being embraced widely because it can save homeowners money on electricity.
A: Most of the electricity we use at home comes from fossil fuels and effects our planet and health. One of the easiest and most impactful things you can do to is to switch to clean electricity at home. Also, it helps reducing your electric bill as you can generate about 30%-100% of the energy that you consume.
On top of that, by adding storage to a solar system, you can store your own energy on-site, further reducing your reliance on grid electricity and preserving the ability to power your home in the event of a power outage or use it during peak times when electricity rates are the highest.
Software monitoring examines solar production, home energy use and utility rates to determine which power source to use throughout the day - maximizing the use of solar, providing you the ability to reduce peak-time charges, and the ability to store power for later use during an outage.
A: A home solar system is composed of the following components:
- Solar (PV) panels
- Mounting system
- Cables Energy monitoring system
- Battery (optional)
- EV charger (optional)
A: The installation of a solar system includes the mySunPower Monitoring app provided by SunPower where you can visualize and monitor your consumption and production. In case you install a battery or electric vehicle charger you’ll also be able to monitor the charging status of these devices. On top of that, the app can recommend you some consumption habits so you can save even more with your solar system.
A: At this time, our focus is on residential solar systems. Check back with us to see if the offer is updated in the future.
A: How much electricity you get depends on several factors, as the weather and the quality and efficiency of your solar panels. In general around 17-20% of the incoming solar energy is transformed into electricity. Normally it indicates how much electricity (kWh) is being produced per installed kWp. These numbers are usually around 800-1100 kWh/installed kWp, depending on the yearly insolation and tilting of the panels. Other factors that affect the production are shadowing, temperature, snow/dust coverage, contamination etc.
Depending on the size of the solar system and your consumption habits, the electricity generated could cover about 30%-100% of the energy that you consume.
A: Weather conditions can impact the amount of electricity a solar system produces. While more hours of direct sun exposure will indeed help a solar system generate more electricity, modern panels are quite efficient and can still generate energy in low light situations. No matter where you live, solar energy can be an excellent investment and a way to help combat climate change. Whether you'll save money depends on many factors, like the cost of electricity, solar incentives available, net metering, the quality of your solar panels, shading, weather, among other factors.
SunPower panels are leading in third-party durability testing, which means they can withstand some of the harshest weather conditions, including hail up to 1 inch in diameter. The installation is informed by local wind patterns and is comprised of components that have also been tested against extreme wind gusts.
Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) certification, ensures that every solar panel manufactured is required to undergo testing for extreme weather conditions. The UL certification proves that a solar panel has satisfied a number of safety, durability and quality assessments. However, it should be noted that this certification only ensures a minimum amount of testing.
SunPower can provide more information on specifics of the solar panel for the system you choose.
SunPower will help to design a system that fits your electricity consumption, your roof and your wallet. Prices quoted by SunPower include the IKEA FAMILY discount and are based on a typical 3kWh system.
SunPower offers financing options, or you can pay for the investment upfront. SunPower will inform you about the details of each option to help you assess the best option for you.
Depending on your situation, you might be eligible to benefit from local, state or national subsidies, and SunPower can provide you the latest information to help you navigate this topic easily.
A: All SunPower and IKEA partnership offrs include:
- All components of a solar system: solar panels, microinverter, and necessary accessories to make it work (electric cables, mounting system…).
- Technical home visit prior to installation to assess your needs and provide a personalized design
- Energy monitoring system
- Managing all permits
- After sales support
You have the option to add batteries and/or an electric vehicle (EV) charger.
A: When you install solar panels you can save by reducing your electricity consumption from the grid and thus, see a reduction in your electricity bill after installation and activation. If you choose to install a battery, your savings can be even higher as you can consume the electricity you produced during sunny hours when the sun is not shining. Finally, the energy you produce but do not consume or store in a battery will go back to the grid and you can receive a credit from your utility. (see net metering)
A: Net metering is a utility billing mechanism available in many locations that offers a credit to residential and business customers who are making excess electricity with their solar panel systems and sending it back to the grid. With net metering, the homeowner can receive a credit on their electricity bill for excess energy generated and sent back to the grid.
Buying process, installation and warranties
A: No, all information and quotes are provided online from SunPower.
A: It’s easy. As a customer you can purchase solar panels in a few easy steps:
- To start exploring the options you have available, go to ikea.com/solar, or call SunPower’s dedicated line for Ikea customers (855) 904-5975 (Phone line open Mon-Fri 5AM-10PM Sat-Sun 6AM-8PM PDT)
- You will then be redirected to a specific SunPower website where you can input some initial information needed to have a first quote with the IKEA package pricing. A solar advisor from SunPower team will contact you immediately after to arrange a call with an Energy Consultant.
- The Energy Consultant will call you at your preferred date and time around 3-7 days after, to review the data entered for the quote, ask you a series of general questions about your home and present a proposed estimate, as well as provide information regarding the financing options available and educate you about any local and federal incentives for which you may qualify. This often includes questions about your utilities, the amount of your monthly electric bills, the age of your roof, the angle of your roof (flat or pitched) and the type of roof, such as shingles, tiles or clay.
- Once you have decided on your preferred payment method, accepted the offer, and home improvement agreement is executed, you will receive a welcome call approximately 3 days after signing the agreement to schedule a technical visit and review all of the documents.
- Within 5 days of the welcome call, a technical home visit, conducted by the installer, will take place to verify all the information and make any adjustments if needed. The propose of this visit is to inspect your attic, your roof and your home's electrical system as well as to determine the best location to mount the hardware that runs your system (often in your garage or another unobtrusive area). During the inspection, the installer will evaluate your property to ensure that the installation is code compliant and will recommend upgrades if required. For example, if you have an older home, your electrical panel may need to be updated, or when inspecting your attic or roofing, the installer may discover issues that require repair before your system is installed.
- Once all of the information and measurements have been gathered the solar installer will create a solar engineering and site design plan. The plan will include the number of panels and where they'll be placed on your roof, the wiring of the system and how it will be interconnected with the utility.
The design plan should also ensure compliance with local fire safety requirements. The installer will then submit these plans to your city/county permitting departments and to your utility company. The design and permitting phase typically takes approximately one to three months, depending on the jurisdiction. Your installer should keep you informed about the progress and let you know when it's time to schedule the physical installation date.
7. If there are no changes on the original proposal the contract is finalized. In case there are some amendments after the technical visit you would be requested to accept the amendment contract and in case you do so, the contract is finalized.
8. When it is done, SunPower will install the solar system at your home. For more details regarding the installation please check “How is the installation conducted?” Once you’re connected to the grid you will start enjoying consuming your own produced electricity!
9. SunPower will provide a limited warranty of the solar system, including a 25-year limited warranty for the panels, microinverters and racking, and 10-year limited warranty for the monitoring system and storage system.
A: Determining how many solar panels you’ll need for your home requires first knowing what your goals are. Do you want to minimize your carbon footprint?SunPower will help you achieving the optimal size for your specific needs.
Also the answer depends on several questions as your average energy requirements, your current energy use in watts, the climate and amount sunlight in your area, the efficiency of the solar panels you’re considering, the physical size of the solar panels you’re considering and the size/tilt of your roof.
A: SunPower offers a robust limited warrantyfor parts, labor and performance. You can learn more about this from the SunPower energy consultant, or the SunPower website.
- Everything that is on your roof has a 25-year product limited warranty (including panels, microinverters and racking). Also, the solar panels have a performance warranty of 92% on year 25
- Everything that is not on your roof has a 10-year product limited warranty (including monitoring system and storage system).
An advantage of SunPower’s integrated system is for any issue that may arise, you have only one single point of contact, avoiding the need to contact several manufacturers to get your problem solved.
A: SunPower ensures and takes full responsibility for all the sale, quality, maintenance, and installation of the solar system, helping to provide a safe and simple customer experience.
A: IKEA has carefully chosen SunPower as a partner in the US. We put high demands on our suppliers to ensure that they comply with social and environmental responsibility. SunPower prohibits the practice of forced, bonded, indentured or child labor, or any exploitative labor practices throughout our workforce, and demand the same from their suppliers. SunPower Speaks Out: Forced Labor | SunPower
SunPower panels sold in US are manufactured by Maxeon Solar Technologies in Mexico
A: Solar is a form of renewable energy, which means it can't run out. As long as there's sunlight, there will be solar power. Solar energy generates 91 % less CO2 emissions than natural gas and 96 % less emissions than carbon. Solar cells are an important energy source fit for the future of the planet. A Connecticut study found that one home switching from fossil fuels to solar power had the same emissions impact as planting 150 trees every year. How does solar energy help the environment? | SunPower
Solar panels are a manufactured product, and — as with any building processes — there is an environmental impact, from the chemicals used to make the panels to the transportation and beyond, but the impacts are far smaller than the impacts of burning oil, coal, and gas. However, Solar is one of the least-polluting forms of energy generation available and SunPower is committed to sustainability in every step of the process. The Pros and Cons of Solar Energy | SunPower