Lewis W. Diuguid

Residential solar panels on store shelves

Updated: 2013-10-01T23:57:35Z

By Lewis W. Diuguid

The Kansas City Star

When Ikea opens its first store in Merriam next year, maybe the residential solar panels it is starting to sell in Britain will be ready for the shelves at a better price.

The Swedish furniture giant started selling solar panels made by China’s Hanergy at its Southampton store on Monday, The Associated Press reports. The 3.36 kilowatt system costs $9,200.

It includes in-store consultation, design service, installation, maintenance and energy monitoring service.

Home Depot and Lowe’s already sell solar panels in the U.S. With more retailers offering the units, the price is bound to fall like window air conditioners and home computers.

Consumers can only hope.

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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