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Ikea goes live with 38th completed U.S. solar project

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Ikea has officially plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its store in Stoughton, Mass. The 118,000-sq.-ft. array consists of a 590.8-kW (DC) system, built with 4,220 laminated panels. It will produce approximately 695,000 kWh of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 479 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), eliminating the emissions of 94 cars or powering 60 homes yearly (calculating clean energy equivalents).

The installation represents the 38th completed solar project for Ikea in the U.S., with one more location underway, giving the chain an eventual solar presence in nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, with a total generation of 38 MW. Ikea contracted REC Solar for the development, design and installation of the Stoughton store’s customized solar power system.

The retailer owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or PPA (power purchase agreement) – and globally has allocated $1.8 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015.

Ikea’s solar reinforces the long-term commitment of Ikea to sustainability and confidence in photovoltaic (PV) technology. Consistent with the company’s goal of being energy independent by 2020, the company has installed more than 250,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns/operates approximately 110 wind turbines in Europe.

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Golfsmith expansion continues with new store in Ohio

BY Staff Writer

Dayton, Ohio — Golfsmith International, is opening a store Beavercreek, Ohio, with a grand opening celebration on May 10-May 12.

The new 20,845-sq.-ft. store features a dominant selection of the best brands in golf and the ultimate ‘try before you buy’ interactive environment. The store has three high-tech golf simulators and an expansive indoor putting green that enable customers to experience the latest equipment.

The new location also features GolfTEC, a state-of-the-art in-store improvement center, with PGA teaching professionals and certified coaches to help golfers improve their games.

The new store is part of Golfsmith’s aggressive growth strategy that is bucking an industry trend of golf store closures. According to the National Golf Foundation, almost half of all golf stores in America closed in the last decade. The Texas-based Golfsmith will continue its expansion in 2013 with 10 planned stores throughout the United States.

The Dayton/Beavercreek store is Golfsmith’s fourth location in Ohio with other stores including Cleveland, Columbus-Easton and Columbus-Sawmill.

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Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf goes wireless

BY CSA STAFF

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, a leading specialty coffee and tea retailer, is leveraging wireless technology to retain existing customers and encourage new ones to come into their stores.

The company will test wireless charging with Power Matters Alliance at select Los Angeles locations and plans to deploy wireless charging with PMA in dozens of California stores this quarter, with the aim of expanding nationally and internationally shortly thereafter.

"Wireless power is becoming mainstream and we want our consumers to be able to recharge their digital self no less than their physical self in our stores," said Mel Elias, CEO and president, the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. "Even those who cannot read tea leaves can see the PMA’s momentum; and we are pleased to be able to play our role in support of the wireless power industry for the benefit of consumers worldwide."

"I’m very excited that the PMA is aligning with the Coffee Bean to test wireless charging in stores within their core market," said Ron Resnick, president of the PMA. "The Coffee Bean epitomizes what the PMA is about: not simply setting a global standard, but creating a real-world ecosystem of smart, and environmentally responsible wireless power, for the benefit of consumer everywhere."

PMA was founded by Procter & Gamble and Powermat Technologies in 2012. Google’s Vint Cerf is its honorary chairman, and its board includes AT&T, Duracell, Starbucks and the U.S. Government’s Energy Star and Federal Communications Commission. Compatible ‘wireless charging spots’ have been installed at leading airports, stadiums, restaurants, gyms and hair salons.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is a privately held specialty coffee and tea retailer with more than 850 stores in 24 countries.

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