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Ikea goes live with new solar system in Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh — Ikea has plugged in the new solar energy system installed at its Pittsburgh-area store in Robinson Township, Pa. The 86,800-sq.-ft. PV array consists of a 694-kW system, built with 2,884 panels. It will produce approximately 852,200 kWh of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 648 tons of carbon dioxide, eliminating the emissions of 115 cars or powering 73 homes yearly.

Since 2000, Ikea Pittsburgh hosted a 31kW PPA (power purchase agreement) array that was removed to facilitate installation of the new system, owned and operated by Ikea. Including this system, there are 22 completed solar energy projects for Ikea in the United States, with 17 more locations underway, making the eventual U.S. solar presence of the company nearly 89% with a total generation of 38 MW.

For the development, design and installation of the Pittsburgh store’s customized solar power system, Ikea contracted with REC Solar, Inc., a national leader in solar electric system design and installation with more than 8,000 systems built across the U.S.

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Rose Paving hosts Open House at new branch office

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Bridgeview, Ill. — Rose Paving Co. hosted an open house at its branch office in Norcross, Ga., on June 21. The event celebrated the company’s new office in Norcross and expansion in the Southeast.

"Rose Paving’s move to Norcross is a direct result of our bold goals to revolutionize parking lot management," said C.B. Kuzlik, senior VP Rose Paving. "We are passionate about the work we do and we are determined to provide the very best service to our valued clients in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast."

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Virgin Mobile to open flagship in Chicago

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New York — Virgin Mobile will open a flagship on Thursday in Chicago, the New York Times reported. The wireless company, which is owned by Sprint, hopes to build awareness of its brand by redefining the relationship between the customer and the carrier, according to the report.

In the report, Ron Faris, head of brand marketing at Virgin Mobile, said the store will focus on what customers can do with the phones as opposed to the phones themselves. Salespeople, for example, will be responsible for knowing about new apps to install on the phones, and they will hold app tutorials and demo classes.

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