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Jersey Gardens deploys 4.8 megawatt rooftop solar power system

BY Staff Writer

New York City — Glimcher Realty Trust announced the completion of a 4.8-megawatt rooftop solar system at Jersey Gardens in Elizabeth, N.J. The project, which ranks among the largest rooftop systems in North America, broke ground in June 2011 and began producing power this week.

The Jersey Gardens solar system was designed and installed, and will be maintained, by SunPower Corp. The system uses the SunPower T5 Solar Roof Tile, the solar industry’s first non-penetrating rooftop product that combines a high-efficiency solar panel, frame and mounting system into a single, pre-engineered unit. Tilted at a five-degree angle, the system will approximately double the energy generated per square meter, compared with other systems that are mounted flat onto commercial rooftops.

The project is comprised of more than 15,000 high efficiency SunPower panels, and generates approximately the amount of power required for 564 New Jersey homes. It is expected to generate the equivalent of 11% of the mall’s electrical demand.

Jersey Gardens is the largest outlet mall in New Jersey. It was built by Glimcher Realty Trust in 1999 on the site of a former landfill.

The solar power system at Jersey Gardens was made possible through a partnership with Gerding Edlen Development and Gerding Edlen Sustainable Solutions, a subsidiary of Gerding Edlen and expert in sustainable development, renewable energy and financing.

This project is the result of a power purchase agreement between Glimcher Realty Trust and Clean Focus Corp. Under the agreement, Clean Focus financed and owns the system. All solar renewable energy credits and environmental benefits associated with the system will be owned by Clean Focus. Jersey Gardens will buy the electricity at a predetermined, predictable price, providing a long-term hedge against rising power prices with no initial capital investment.

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Chain Store Age’s 48th annual SPECS Conference will be held March 4-7, at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Fla. The industry’s premier retail store development and facilities event, SPECS combines a targeted and comprehensive educational program with a dynamic exhibit floor.

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Kohl’s, Walmart, Whole Foods, Starbucks and Staples among nation’s leading green power purchasers

BY Marianne Wilson

New York City — Kohl’s Department Stores and Walmart rank among the nation’s top purchasers of power according to the EPA’s most recent Green Power Partnership report. Kohl’s placed second in the ranking, while Walmart came in at third, followed by Whole Foods Market. Intel Corp. maintained its long-held top spot. Other retailers in the top 10 included Starbucks (No. 7) and Staples (No.9).

The Walmart ranking is particularly noteworthy in that it based only on the chain’s Texas and California facilities. According to the EPA’s data, Walmart’s facilities in the two states use 872,382,088 kWh of green power a year, or 28% of their total electricity use.

Walmart has a long-term goal of being supplied by 100% renewable energy. The chain said it will use its success in Texas and California as a model for its larger operations.

Walmart’s purchases of wind energy in Texas provide up to 15% of the total energy for more than 360 outlets in that state. The electricity comes from a Duke Energy wind farm in Notrees, Texas, which produces about 226 million kWh a year.

In California Walmart plans to expand its solar portfolio to more than 130 rooftops, comprising 75% of its stores, by the end of 2013.

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