There are plenty of different solutions for installing solar panels for your home energy use. But getting solar panels may be getting easier, cheaper and a lot more Swedish. IKEA plans to pour $77 million into clean-technology start-ups within the next five years and, here’s the kicker, could add "green" goods such as solar panels to its inventory...Trying to commercialize affordable green technology could one day lead to IKEA selling the resulting products in its stores. These products could include solar panels, efficiency meters, and lighting; as well as more sustainable materials, and water treatment and conservation.
This effort is not alone among IKEA's latest moves in support of sustainability. IKEA wants to eliminate its checkout use of plastic bags by the fall (It began charging customers over a year ago), it encourages its staff members to use hybrid cars or bicycles, and it pledged to carry organic consumables, including coffee, jam, and schnapps, within the year.