Safeway in Bozeman, Mont., awarded LEED Silver
New York — Safeway’s store in Bozeman, Mont., was recently awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the first LEED for Retail certified store in the state of Montana, and one of roughly 200 LEED-certified grocery stores in the United States.
Designed by MulvannyG2 Architecture, the store opened in December 2011. So much of the waste stream was diverted from landfills during construction that Safeway earned exemplary performance credit through USGBC and 50% of materials used in construction came from within a 500 mile radius.
GE Lighting rolls out new lighting program at 7,000 Walgreens
East Cleveland, Ohio — Walgreens recently upgraded its general lighting across 80% of the chain’s nationwide locations, through a partnership with GE Lighting.
As part of its new lighting initiative, Walgreens said it has changed its lights to the new GE F25 T8 linear fluorescent tubes, which is designed to save thousands of dollars as it impacts more than 4.3 million lights at nearly 7,000 stores. Additionally, the new linear fluorescent fixtures from GE Lighting are expected to increase energy efficiency by 9% and extend re-lamp cycles by 10%.
"Creating the very best shopping experience for our customers is our top priority, and lighting helps us achieve that goal," said Tim Schmid, divisional VP facilities management, energy and sustainability, Walgreens.
Largest solar array in Virginia now plugged-in atop Ikea
Woodbridge, Va. — Ikea officially plugged-in the solar energy system installed atop its store in Woodbridge, Va. The state’s largest such photovoltaic array, the 63,000-sq.-ft. PV installation consists of a 504-kW system, built with 2,100 panels.
The system will produce approximately 636,199 kWh of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 439 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), eliminating the emissions of 86 cars or powering 55 homes yearly.
Ikea contracted with Gehrlicher Solar America Corp., part of Gehrlicher AG, tor the development, design and installation of the Woodbridge store’s customized solar power system. The home-furnishings retailer owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or PPA (power purchase agreement). The Woodbridge installation represents the 21st completed solar energy project for Ikea in the United States, with 18 more locations underway, making the chain’s eventual U.S. solar presence nearly 89% with a total generation of 38 MW.