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Ikea to more-than-double solar array atop Denver-area store

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Conshohocken, Pa. — Ikea said Tuesday it plans to increase the solar array atop its two-year-old Centennial, Colo. store, with panel installation slated to begin in July.

Completion of what is already Colorado’s largest single-use rooftop array on a commercial building is slated for this fall, and will elevate the project to the state’s largest rooftop array of any use.

The 83,700-sq.-ft. solar addition will consist of a 623-kW system, built with 2,492 panels, and will produce 961,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store. Including the existing system, Ikea Centennial’s total 1,121-kW solar installation of 4,704 panels soon will generate 1,701,000 kWh of clean electricity yearly, the equivalent of reducing 1,200 tons of carbon dioxide, eliminating the emissions of 250 cars or powering 180 homes.

Ikea contracted with REC Solar for the development, design and installation of the system.

“We are thrilled at the opportunity to double the amount of solar energy generated and used by this store,” said John Ellis, Ikea Centennial store manager. “This is another example of the Ikea commitment to create a more sustainable life for communities where we operate.”

In May, Ikea achieved its goal of completing solar installations atop nearly 90% of its U.S. buildings (39 out of 44 locations), with a generation goal of 38 MW. Ikea owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems and globally has allocated $1.8 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015.

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Dunkin’ Donuts details new store design

BY Marianne Wilson

Canton, Mass. — Dunkin’ Donuts provided highlights of its new store design, the brand’s first in nearly seven years. The new layout and contemporary look maintains the brand’s focus on helping people get in and get on their way, while incorporating new features to create a warm environment for guests who seek a longer, more relaxed visit. Inviting seating areas include updated furniture and lighting, as well as convenient electrical outlets and bar top areas for smartphones and computers.

While most Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants offer free Wi-Fi for surfing the Web, some will also feature flat-panel televisions, satellite music and soft seating. New interactive, digital menu boards that use video will add more color and excitement for ordering at the counter, while redesigned signage and canopies give the drive-thru a more modern look, reflecting the restaurant’s overall new architectural elements and colors. The new design also includes an optional glass bakery display case at the front counter featuring signature items and a refrigerated Grab N’ Go cooler.

The new look includes four distinct restaurant design options for franchisees, each featuring variations in layout, color schemes, graphics, textures, furniture and/or lighting. The designs are called: Original Blend, Cappuccino Blend, Dark Roast and Jazz Brew. (Unlike other quick-service restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts allows franchisees to select individual elements from any of the four options, creating a restaurant design that reflects their personal tastes and preferences, and best serves their specific restaurant size and location.)

In an effort to incorporate sustainable building and energy solutions that reduce costs for franchisees while benefiting the environment, the new store design also includes LED light fixtures, no VOC paints, and wall tile with 35% pre-consumer recycled materials.

New and remodeled Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants with the new design began to roll out throughout the country in April, but it will be many years before the majority of Dunkin’ Donuts locations feature the new look and layout, the company said.

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Ecova survey: 60% of retailers have EMS in place

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Sixty-percent of retailers have energy management systems within their site portfolios, but only 46% have a formal energy management strategy in place.

Those are among the findings of a survey conducted by Ecova, a total energy and sustainability management company. In other survey findings, 44% of the respondents said they currently benchmark their portfolio or sites, and 21% have applied for the Energy Star label for their portfolio.

The survey was conducted live, during a Chain Store Age Webinar, “Saving Resources and Increasing Your Bottom Line: Four Steps to Make it Work,” sponsored by Ecova.

Click here to hear the archived webinar.

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