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Solar-power system to be installed at Patriot Place

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Baltimore Constellation Energy Wednesday announced that its subsidiary, Constellation Energy’s Projects & Services Group, will construct a photovoltaic power system that will generate approximately 525 kilowatts of clean, renewable solar power at Patriot Place, the 1.3 million-sq.-ft. entertainment, retail and dining destination adjacent to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

The system will supply approximately 30% of Patriot Place’s power and span seven building rooftops at the complex. Construction, expected to begin in late October, will include the installation of approximately 2,800 crystalline photovoltaic panels.

“In addition to this project being an important contribution to Patriot Place’s overall sustainability initiatives, we are proud that its visibility will help promote practical and cost-effective commercial applications of solar power,” said Brian Earley, general manager, Patriot Place.

It is estimated that the system will generate more than 12 million kilowatt-hours of electricity over 20 years, and will prevent the release of more than 8,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The system’s real-time power output and performance can be monitored through a Web-based data acquisition system.

Under a 20-year power purchase agreement, Constellation Energy‘s Projects & Services Group will own the energy assets and sell the electricity it generates on site to Patriot Place.

Patriot Place, which began opening in phases in 2008, was constructed using sustainable design practices, including low-emitting construction materials and white roofs to facilitate heat island reduction. Patriot Place also employs an on-site wastewater re-use system that saves millions of gallons of water annually, and solar-powered trash receptacles throughout the complex reduce waste volume and energy consumption.

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Report: DVDs not winning for Walmart

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. As part of its effort to streamline the in-store experience, Walmart reportedly will no longer use display cases to promote the latest movies.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Walmart is changing its DVD selling strategy to correspond with its Project Impact initiative that focuses on giving more shelf space to top-performing categories and less to those that are slacking. In addition, the article noted that the company is looking to cut back on aisle clutter in order to attract a higher-end consumer.

 

Walmart, along with other retailers have been adding DVD rental kiosks near store entrances.

It appears from the report that DVDs are falling in the wrong end of Walmart’s “Win. Play. Show.” strategy.

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From Project Runway to Macy’s

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Project Runway designer Irina Shabayeva has won the opportunity to design a holiday dress for Macy’s INC International Concepts brand.

Part of Macy’s participation in Project Runway Season 6 was to create a challenge that would be judged by Martine Reardon, EVP Macy’s Inc. “It is tremendous to see what these young and talented designers can do in a very short time and with such imagination. Irina’s fresh take on fashion is the ideal fit for our INC brand,” said Reardon. “Our customer will love her ultra-feminine aesthetic.”

 

Shabayeva’s rayon matte jersey dress with butterfly embellishments will be available in sizes small through x-large, retailing for $139.00. Irina along with her model Katie Sticksel will be featured modeling the dress on macys.com.

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