Ikea to install solar panels on five locations in Midwest
Conshohocken, Pa. — Ikea said Thursday it plans to install solar energy panels on five more of its U.S. locations – all of them in the Midwest. Installation is slated for summer 2012 completion and will expand Ikea’s solar presence to nearly 85% of its U.S. locations.
Collectively, the five stores will total 4.8 megawatts of solar generating capacity, approximately 20,400 panels, and an annual output of 5.62 million kilowatt hours of electricity – the equivalent to reducing 4,273 tons of carbon dioxide – equal to eliminating the emissions of 760 cars or providing electricity for 484 homes yearly.
Ikea will own and operate each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or power purchase agreement – now including its two Chicago-area stores as well as stores in Bloomington, Minn., Canton, Mich., and Pittsburgh.
Ikea already has 12 U.S. solar energy systems operational with 20 more underway. Installing solar panels atop these five locations will increase the company’s U.S. solar presence to nearly 85% and will result in a total generating capacity of 31.6 MW in the United States.
Bailey Brand Consulting designs new brand identity for Liz Claiborne, now Fifth and Pacific Cos.
Philadelphia — Bailey Brand Consulting, one of the largest branding and design firms in metro Philadelphia, recently completed the corporate re-branding for Liz Claiborne Inc., which will now be called Fifth and Pacific Companies. The new name and corporate logos will be effective on or about May 15.
The new Fifth and Pacific Companies brand identity reflects the company’s focus on its lifestyle brands of Kate Spade New York, Juicy Couture and Lucky Brand. The identity graphically portrays a street sign, reflecting the symbolic intersection of the brand’s New York and Southern California fashion houses. The color scheme supports the East Coast and West Coast influences.
California awards Stater Bros. for green business practices
San Bernardino, Calif. — West Coast grocery chain Stater Bros. said Wednesday it has been awarded the 2011 Waste Reduction Award – its second consecutive – from the state of California, in recognition for its aggressive focus on recycling.
The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery Waste Reduction Awards Program honored Stater Bros. for eliminating eliminated 125,780,911 lbs. of waste from landfills in 2011.