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Bashas makes LED lights standard for new stores and retrofits

BY Marianne Wilson

Durham, N.C. — Supermarket retailer Bashas has installed energy-efficient LED lighting from Cree in its Tempe, Ariz., location. The newly renovated store features luminaires powered by Cree TrueWhite technology, with an anticipated energy savings of 47% over the store’s previous design.

“Shopping is a highly visual experience and it’s critical to showcase products in their most appetizing colors,” said Scott Murphy, construction manager for Bashas, Chandler, Ariz. “When we decided to remodel the Tempe location, we initially chose fluorescent T8s and CFL downlights until we were introduced to Cree LED lighting. Cree luminaires not only deliver the best LED lighting in the industry but also provide significant energy and maintenance savings compared to outdated technologies. In the grocery store industry, it’s all about margins and Cree helped add green to our bottom line.”

Featuring a number of luminaires from Cree’s portfolio, the installation resulted in a one-for-one replacement against the original specification due to the upgrade in light quality as well as energy and maintenance savings. Additionally, the Cree CS18 luminaires deliver strong vertical light levels, illuminating all levels of the store’s shelves using less power and providing significant energy savings. The installed Cree luminaires further help reduce energy consumption with their dimming capabilities.

Bashas’ expects the Cree system to pay for itself within two years.

“Bashas’ is so pleased with our decision to install Cree LED lights, it is now the standard for new and retrofit stores,” Murphy said. “Not only do they offer energy and maintenance savings, but they produce beautiful, long-lasting lighting that make the store’s products pop.”

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Ikea acquires Irish wind farm to power locations in Ireland

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York — Swedish retailer Ikea has bought a wind farm in Ireland to power its furniture stores in Dublin and Belfast, according to a report by the Belfast Telegraph.

The Irish facility’s four turbines are expected to generate 25,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity and bring the total number of Ikea-owned windmills to more than 100 in the U.K., Germany, France, Poland, Denmark and Sweden.

Ikea also recently opened a new Swedish wind farm with seven turbines (with an option on another four) to produce 72,000 MWh of wind energy, to be managed by O2, according to the report. Augmenting its wind energy is a strong Ikea solar program. As of June, Ikea had solar panels on 39 of its 44 facilities, totaling close to 38 MW.

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Starboard Group taps Action Services Group for sign and lighting maintenance

BY Staff Writer

Acton, Pa. — Action Services Group, a national lighting, sign and electrical maintenance company, has signed a service agreement with The Starboard Group to provide exterior sign and lighting maintenance services for its 75 Wendy’s restaurant units.

The two-year maintenance program covers proactive, scheduled quarterly visits to the Wendy’s restaurant units located in Alabama, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia under a fixed monthly fee.

The fee includes inspection, repair and/or replacement of lamps, ballasts, sockets, wiring within the sign or light fixture, neon, transformers and secondary wiring. On-demand exterior sign and lighting service between the scheduled quarterly visits is included under the program at no additional charge with service outage reporting available around the clock through a combination of an on-duty program manager, Action Services Group’s web-based ServicePoint Solutions management system, or telephone/fax.

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