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Giant Food Stores deploys solar

BY Staff Writer

Lancaster, Pa. — Giant Food Stores announced that roof-mounted solar photovoltaic systems have been installed and are operational at two of its locations in Lancaster and Pottstown. In-store flat panel monitors will reveal to customers in real time how the system operates and the energy savings being achieved.

The newly-built Lancaster location features 1,111 solar panels on its rooftop, and the system will generate 13% of the store’s annual electricity requirements. When it opened in 2011, the Lancaster location was constructed with innovative building technologies to reduce energy consumption including skylights and LED lighting to reduce energy consumption.

The solar photovoltaic system at the Pottstown location includes 1,056 solar panels which will generate 12% of the store’s annual electricity requirements.

“We are excited to introduce this new energy-savings technology to our customers,” said Rick Herring, president. “From efforts that reduce waste in our stores to improving efficiencies in energy usage, we are working to minimize our impact on the environment and make our operations more efficient.”

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Giant-Carlisle installs solar panels at two stores

BY Alaric Dearment

Lancaster, Pa. — One of the supermarket chains operated by Netherlands-based Royal Ahold has installed rooftop solar panels at two of its stores.

Carlisle, Pa.-based Giant Food Stores — also known as Giant-Carlisle to distinguish it from Landover, Md.-based Giant Food, also owned by Ahold — said it had installed solar photovoltaic systems at stores in Lancaster and Pottstown, Pa.

The company said the Lancaster store, opened in 2011, now has 1,111 solar panels on the roof that will generate 13% of its annual electricity requirements. The store also has other features to reduce energy consumption, including skylights and LED lighting.

Meanwhile, the Pottstown store has 1,056 solar panels that will generate 12% of its electricity requirements.

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Ikea plugs-in four electric vehicle charging stations at Palo Alto store

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East Palo Alto, Calif. — Ikea said Thursday it has plugged in four Blink Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations at its East Palo Alto, Calif., store. The initiative is in partnership with ECOtality and represents the eighth EV project for IKEA in the United States.

To charge an EV at Ikea East Palo Alto, drivers pull into a designated parking spot, swipe their Blink InCard (RFID card), and plug the charger into the EV to charge the vehicle.

“Ikea has a never-ending job of asking what we can do today for a better tomorrow,” said Jill Matherson, Ikea East Palo Alto store manager. “Hosting electric-vehicle charging stations at Ikea East Palo Alto is one way to help accomplish this goal – and we could not have done it without the support of our partners ECOtality and PG&E.”

Ikea also is installing electric vehicle charging stations at nine stores in the Western United States.

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