Lowe’s Canada Brings Residential Solar PV to Ontario Retail Outlets
Lowe’s Canada, which last year acquired the former RONA Inc. chain of home improvement stories, is partnering with Solar Brokers Canada to deliver residential photovoltaic solar installation services through the U.S.-based chain’s Ontario outlets, the companies said in a release.
Toronto-based Solar Brokers Canada models its business on mortgage brokers, according to the company website: representatives assess customers’ needs, then identify appropriate panel and other equipment providers. A partner company, Green Lion Eco Group, offers project management for installations. The related companies claim to have overseen installation of more than 30 megawatts of residential solar in Ontario to date.
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Under the new partnership, Solar Brokers and Green Lion will locate sales consultants at outlets in the Lowe’s chain, initially in Ontario. “After the completion of a successful pilot program in select Lowe’s stores in the Toronto area,” the companies said, “Ontario customers now have the opportunity to meet with trained solar consultants at all Lowe’s retail locations across the province to review feasibility scenarios for their home, learn about available Ontario government incentives and how solar energy can make their lives better.”
Said Malcolm Parks, the big-box chain’s vice president for operations in Canada: “Lowe’s is now in a unique position to provide a simple, one-stop solution for Ontario customers looking for renewable energy solutions and convenient in-home installation options.”
Lowe’s isn’t the first major retail chain to spy potential profit in home solar systems. IKEA UK announced earlier this month that it will begin selling integrated solar+storage packages starting at £6,925 (US$9,157).