SunEdison completes 306 kW solar system for Whole Foods in Brooklyn
Belmont, Calif. — SunEdison, a solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, announced the completion of a 306 kW DC (direct current) solar system for Whole Foods Market in Brooklyn, N.Y.
SunEdison designed the system using an innovative parking canopy structure that collects rainwater while protecting customers from the elements. The two companies have worked together since 2004 and have jointly deployed 1.5 MW (megawatts) of solar projects.
Whole Foods Brooklyn is designed to be 0% more energy efficient than the average grocery store with more than 25% of site power needs being met by solar energy. The rainwater collected by the parking canopy is fed into a 30,000-gallon underground cistern where it is filtered and used for non-potable purposes throughout the store.
"Environmental stewardship is an essential part of our core values and we spend a tremendous amount of our time thinking about how we can improve our efforts," said J’aime Mitchell, green mission specialist for Whole Foods Market’s Northeast Region. "Working with a partner like SunEdison has been a tremendous benefit for us as they’re continuously willing to create innovative designs that help us achieve our renewable energy goals."
Report: Target hackers used HVAC-service company’s credentials
Minneapolis – The hackers responsible for the recent Target data breach reportedly gained initial access to the retailer’s network using credentials stolen from a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) vendor. According to the New York Times, the hackers, using the vendor’s access, were able to break into Target’s network and from there were able to compromise a server storing the personal data of 70 million customers, as well as in-store POS systems that allowed access to 40 million credit and debit card numbers.
In related news, Reuters reported the U.S. Secret Service visited refrigeration contractor Fazio Mechanical Services, Sharpsburg, Pa., this week to determine its possible connection with Target’s security breach. Target is a client of Fazio’s, and law enforcement officials suspect that hackers stole login credentials from Fazio and may have used them to break into Target’s network. Security blogger Brian Krebs reported that Fazio president Ross Fazio had confirmed the visit by the Secret Service in connection with the Target probe.
Target did not comment on the report.
Security specialists confirmed for the Times that Target’s HVAC system, similar to many other retailers’ systems, is connected to the Internet, but it is not currently clear whether Target required the HVAC vendor to use a second, temporary password in addition to the credentials or if Target’s vendors connect to its network via virtual private network (VPN), which is more secure than direct access. Target passed a security audit in November 2013, the same month when the breach initially occurred.
Read an Expert Opinion on the subject by Dwayne Melancon, chief technology officer, Tripwire.
Boston Barricades and Premier Barricades complete merger
VERO BEACH, Fla. — Boston Barricade Company and Premier Barricades announced the completion of its merger, effective January 1, 2014, resulting in the largest provider of sustainable modular construction barricades in North America.
Together, Premier Barricades and Boston Barricade Company service shopping malls, retailers, airports, hotels, and hospitals with their modular construction barricades, providing a green alternative to standard dry-wall enclosures. The combined organization will operate under the Boston Barricade Company umbrella nationwide. With the addition of Premier Barricades’ Temecula and Sacramento, Calif., service centers, the company will now consist of 12 locations across the United States and Canada.
In addition to providing sustainable modular barricades, Boston Barricade manages national branding initiatives with its large-format graphics services bundled with the modular barricade installations.
Boston Barricade Company president, Robert Putnam, and Conor Loushin, Premier Barricades president, issued the following joint statement: "We believe this merger enhances our commitment to serve our customers with better products, services, and expertise. Our organization is customer-centric and both organizations share a similar philosophy and practice."
Boston Barricade Company is the largest sustainable modular construction barricade company in North America. Headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla., the company operates multiple service centers around the country, allowing it to serve its customer-base of national retailers, mall developers, airports, hotels, hospitals, and general contractors.