A cup of coffee with a photovoltaic system to go, please

The German coffee company Tchibo is partnering with the Chinese manufacturer Trina to sell photovoltaic systems. Beginning this month, customers will be able to order all-in-one photovoltaic solutions in Tchibo coffee stores across Germany.

While Ikea might be leaving the solar panel sales business, an unlikely distributor is stepping in: the German coffee company Tchibo. In addition to coffee and a wide range of household products, customers will soon be able to buy photovoltaic systems at Tchibo coffee stores – “to go”, of course.

As part of its recently announced partnership with Trina Solar, Tchibo will sell the photovoltaic systems and installation services. Tchibo customers will be able to choose from a variety of systems, each offering different characteristics and performance capacity. An inverter and installation kit is included.

Services also include telephone consultation as well as an on-site visit if desired. When a customer purchases a photovoltaic system, they are put in touch with an installation provider, which then assumes responsibility for installation, commissioning and grid connection. The final, installed system can be monitored online.

Tchibo and Trina Solar worked together in 2015 in a similar manner. The new offer can already be used online and will be available in stores across Germany as of 15 March.


Image credit: Petra B. Fritz, flickr/Creative Commons

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