Ikea powers up second largest single-roof commercial energy system in California
Tejon, Calif. — Ikea on Wednesday flipped the switch on a newly constructed solar energy system at its southwestern U.S. distribution center in Tejon, Calif. The 370,000-sq.-ft. solar array consists of a 1.8 MW system designed and installed by California-based REC Solar, and built with 7,980 REC Group panels.
The system will produce 2.88 million kWh of electric power annually, the equivalent of reducing 1,986 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), eliminating the emissions of 389 cars, or powering 241 homes yearly (calculating clean energy equivalents. The project contributes to the local utility’s renewable portfolio goals and lowers the carbon intensity of the electrical grid.
Ikea contracted with California-based REC Solar, one of the largest U.S. solar electric providers with more than 6,000 systems built nationwide including 16MW in the commercial retail sector in the past two years. This installation represents the second-largest, single-roof commercial system in the state, and the sixth largest in the nation. REC Solar specializes in grid-tied solar electric design and installation, and offers the latest technology, state of the art equipment and financing opportunities for all commercial and residential customers.
“This solar photovoltaic system will reduce significantly the carbon footprint and electricity costs of this facility and will continue the global and U.S. initiative of Ikea to incorporate sustainable practices wherever feasible,” said Martin Grieder, Ikea distribution operations manager for Western North America. “We appreciate the support of REC Solar, Kern County and PG&E, our partners in this project.”
In the United States, Ikea already has solar energy systems operational in four stores with systems currently being installed at nine other locations, including a Denver-area store also opening this year in Centennial, Col,. with a geothermal system.
Bass Pro Shops partners with DMX for music, systems and messaging
Austin, Texas — DMX announced it is the new music, systems and messaging partner for Bass Pro Shops.
Bass Pro Shops is using a custom mix of country music that is delivered via the DMX ProFusion technology. DMX is also providing all the sound systems for each location and will enhance the listener experience with more speaker coverage with 46 additional speakers.
Another feature of this new partnership is in-store and on-hold messaging. Bass Pro Shops will produce their own commercials and load content via the myStudio delivery system, which will allow the retailer to manage and control its music and audio program themselves. MyStudio features include viewing and listening to music programs and audio messages, adding/removing, or blocking content.
“The music is a perfect fit and really provides a great experience for our customers,” said Larry Whiteley, manager of communications, Bass Pro Shops, which has 56 stores nationwide. “We love how the improved systems have enhanced the sound. In addition to the music, we are pleased to have in-store and on-hold messaging being provided through DMX, it’s great that we have the ability to produce and manage the content.”
Three Rite Aid stores earn Energy Star certification
Camp Hill, Pa. — Three Rite Aid stores have been awarded Energy Star certification for superior energy performance by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA awards the Energy Star certification to buildings that rank in the top 25% of similar buildings nationwide in terms of energy efficiency and meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
The Rite Aid stores that have earned the certification are located in Enfield, Conn.; Merrimack, N.H.; and Cranston, R.I. Each store is 25% more energy efficient since undergoing an energy-reducing overhaul, which included upgrades to store lighting, HVAC and energy management systems.
The actions taken by Rite Aid to improve energy efficiency include:
- Replacing 120-watt fluorescent ceiling fixtures with lower-wattage lamps and high-efficiency, low-output ballasts, lowering each fixture’s wattage to about 90 watts;
- Upgrading fluorescent bulbs in the freezers and coolers to LED light bars that use less energy and generate less heat, resulting in less compressor run time to keep the refrigerators cool;
- Installing sensors that activate the store fans to run only when needed instead of continuously
- Replacing three air conditioning units with high-efficiency units that now use a refrigerant that is less harmful to the environment once it is disposed; and
- Programming store light timing so that fixtures are kept at half-power when the store is occupied but not serving customers and outdoor lights shut off 30 minutes after the store closes.
On the EPA’s Energy Star energy performance scale, a score of 50 represents average performance and a score of 75 or higher indicates top energy performance and qualifies a building for Energy Star certification. Each Rite Aid store earned a score 75.