Solar energy helps power Quick Chek headquarters
Branchburg, N.J. Quick Chek has completed its first renewable-energy project: a 110kW solar photovoltaic system that will help power its corporate headquarters in Whitehouse Station, N.J. The system was designed and installed by Vanguard Energy Partners, which will work with the convenience store chain to explore additional solar energy initiatives in its nearly 120 stores in New Jersey and southern New York.
“Throughout our history, we’ve prided ourselves on being forward-thinking stewards of our environment, constantly researching and implementing methods such as energy management refrigeration systems and LED lighting packages that not only create efficiencies and save dollars, but conserve energy,” said Quick Chek VP sales and merchandising John Schaninger.
For the project, Vanguard installed 627 roof-mounted Sharp modules that will generate approximately 120,000 kWh/AC in the first year, or more than 20% of the electricity for Quick Chek’s corporate offices from the clean, renewable power of sunlight.
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Wal-Mart awards eco-friendly school
Bentonville, Ark. Wal-Mart Stores said Monday it has named Corvallis High School in Corvallis, Ore., as “America’s Most Eco-Friendly School” in the retailer’s “Earth Day Every Day School Challenge.”
Among its eco-initiatives, the school reports that it consumes 30% less energy than every other school built to the Oregon code, and it plans to install solar panels on the building’s roof toward further reductions.
Corvallis High was chosen as the grand prize winner in an online vote, and will be awarded a $20,000 grant from Wal-Mart to further its environmental efforts.
“Corvallis High School is an excellent example of the impact young Americans can make in creating a greener, healthier planet,” said Matt Kistler, senior VP sustainability, Wal-Mart.
The competing schools’ videos and essays were posted at earthdayeverydaychallenge.com, and from June 9 through June 19, Americans were asked to vote for the school they believed should be awarded the $20,000 grand prize.
Wal-Mart awarded 20 finalists with a $500 Wal-Mart gift card, which can be used to purchase items that will help enhance the school’s Earth-friendly activities.
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San Francisco passes mandatory food composting law
San Francisco San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has signed legislation that will require both city residents and businesses, including restaurants, to compost food scraps, beginning this fall.
Believed to the first mandatory composting law in the nation, the legislation is part of the city’s broader plan to divert 75% of resources from landfills by 2010 and to achieve zero waste by 2020.
Under the new rules, businesses and residents will face fines ranging from $100 to $500 if they don’t separate their garbage into recyclables, compostables and trash in designated containers.
The new law makes San Francisco a leader yet again in environmentally friendly measures, following up on other green initiatives such as banning plastic bags at supermarkets.
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