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Power To The People: Ikea’s Plan To Promote Green Energy

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Ikea, the world’s biggest furniture brand with more than 800 million customers, is hoping to convince homeowners around the globe to sign up for its new electricity service. The service aims to allow consumers to buy affordable renewable energy, track usage through an app, and sell back the surplus.

The service kicked off in Sweden on Sept. 1 via a partnership with Svea Solar, a Swedish startup that already works with Ikea to sell solar panels to homeowners. Plans are for Ingka Group, the company that owns most Ikea stores, to form similar partnerships in other markets, with a goal of rolling out clean energy services to 30 countries by 2025. It’s another example of how corporates can team with startups to help solve the U.N.’s Sustainable Development.

About the author

Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker, an award-winning journalist, has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator, an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as one of the 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France. She has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 20 years. She lives in Paris and has dual U.S. and French citizenship.