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Verizon store design recognized for green building design

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Basking Ridge, N.J. — Verizon Wireless said Tuesday that its green retail store design has achieved pre-certification in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Volume Program.

Verizon Wireless is one of only eight retailers in the United States and the only wireless company to achieve pre-certification from the USGBC, according to the company.

Under the LEED Volume Program, any Verizon Wireless Communication Store constructed using the pre-certified design will earn a LEED Silver or higher rating. The company has begun certifying stores under the program, building upon its portfolio of 95 stores rated under the LEED for Commercial Interiors rating system.

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Ikea goes live with new solar system in Pittsburgh

BY Staff Writer

Pittsburgh — Ikea has plugged in the new solar energy system installed at its Pittsburgh-area store in Robinson Township, Pa. The 86,800-sq.-ft. PV array consists of a 694-kW system, built with 2,884 panels. It will produce approximately 852,200 kWh of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 648 tons of carbon dioxide, eliminating the emissions of 115 cars or powering 73 homes yearly.

Since 2000, Ikea Pittsburgh hosted a 31kW PPA (power purchase agreement) array that was removed to facilitate installation of the new system, owned and operated by Ikea. Including this system, there are 22 completed solar energy projects for Ikea in the United States, with 17 more locations underway, making the eventual U.S. solar presence of the company nearly 89% with a total generation of 38 MW.

For the development, design and installation of the Pittsburgh store’s customized solar power system, Ikea contracted with REC Solar, Inc., a national leader in solar electric system design and installation with more than 8,000 systems built across the U.S.

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Rose Paving hosts Open House at new branch office

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Bridgeview, Ill. — Rose Paving Co. hosted an open house at its branch office in Norcross, Ga., on June 21. The event celebrated the company’s new office in Norcross and expansion in the Southeast.

"Rose Paving’s move to Norcross is a direct result of our bold goals to revolutionize parking lot management," said C.B. Kuzlik, senior VP Rose Paving. "We are passionate about the work we do and we are determined to provide the very best service to our valued clients in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast."

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