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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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Shoe Carnival, Five Below select Ecova for utility expense, data management services

BY Marianne Wilson

Spokane, Wash. — Ecova, a total energy and sustainability management company, has been selected by specialty retailers Shoe Carnival and Five Below to provide utility expense and data management services. Ecova will assist the chains in monitoring, understanding and reducing energy across their portfolios.

Ecova’s utility expense and date management solution will help Shoe Carnival better understand its energy consumption and spending to provide actionable insights across its 370 locations. Ecova will leverage utility data to help the retailer reduce energy use and build a foundation for driving additional improvements.

“As Shoe Carnival continues to expand across the country and develop in every kind of climate this nation offers, gaining accurate and reliable data is critical for our operational efficiency,” said Tim Baker, executive VP store operations, Shoe Carnival. “Ecova’s utility expense and data management service will help us better track, monitor, and understand our energy use.”

Five Below has implemented Ecova’s utility expense and data management solution with a focus on cost and energy savings. Ecova will leverage its “Big Data Warehouse,” which contains over 2.5 billion points of energy data from more than 700,000 facilities, to help the retailer gain a better understanding of its energy consumption and spending to improve performance across its 250 stores.

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