Ikea goes solar in Emeryville, Calif.
Emeryville, Calif. — Ikea officially plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its East Bay store in Emeryville, Calif. The 68,000-sq.-ft. photovoltaic array consists of a 538-kW system, built with approximately 2,394 panels.
The installation will produce approximately 760,300 kWh of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 578 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), eliminating the emissions of 103 cars or powering 64 homes yearly.
The investment by Ikea to purchase its solar photovoltaic energy system, and to install and operate it atop the Emeryville store it owns, will lower the carbon intensity of the electrical grid. It represents the 11th completed solar energy project for Ikea in the United States. Additional installations currently are underway at one other Ikea location in California as well as eight more in the Eastern U.S.
For the development, design and installation of this customized solar power system, Ikea contracted with Gloria Solar, the U.S. operating group focused on the photovoltaic business within the family of E-Ton Solar Group. This project is the third Ikea installation in the 70,000-square-mile service area of PG&E.
Walgreens begin solar installations at Ohio stores
Chicago — SoCore Energy has been chosen as the solar developer to assist Walgreens in completing one of the nation’s largest solar energy rollouts. Construction of the first 20 solar installations at Ohio-area Walgreens began earlier this month, at stores in Cincinnati.
SoCore Energy is under contract to provide 90 Ohio solar installations for Walgreens. The first 53 will be completed by Nov. 11, pushing Walgreens’ total number of solar sites to 136.
Walgreens will lease the arrays from SoCore for 10 years.
SoCore has chosen Power-One as its exclusive provider of inverters for the Walgreens projects. SolarWorld will supply high-performance solar panels for the Walgreens effort. Thousands of the company’s 240-watt crystalline silicon panels will supply a total of two megawatts of power to the retail giant.
Duane Reade partners with Smith Electric Vehicles in EV pilot
New York City — Duane Reade said Monday it has added Smith Electric Vehicles’ Newton zero-emission, all-electric commercial trucks to its delivery fleet.
With the addition of these medium-duty trucks, Duane Reade is the first retail pharmacy in the United States to choose fleet electrification through a pilot program with Smith Electric Vehicles, a global supplier of zero-emission, all-electric commercial vehicles.
This pilot program is part of a continued energy initiative at Duane Reade, whereby all new and renovated stores feature 95% to 98% low-heat LED lighting, translating to approximately 40% less power consumption each year, the pharmacy chain said.