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Wal-Mart, SunEdison announce solar-energy pilot in Puerto Rico

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Bentonville, Ark. Walmart Puerto Rico and SunEdison announced plans to deploy rooftop solar systems on five Walmart PR stores with the potential for 23 stores during the next five years. The project will be the largest renewable-energy project ever developed on the island, and given traditional energy rates, will provide the chain with long-term predictably priced solar-generated energy.

Under a solar-power services agreement with Walmart, SunEdison will finance, own, build and operate the photovoltaic solar-energy systems. Construction on the first 895kW rooftop system, at Walmart Supercenter Caguas, is scheduled to begin before the end of 2009.

“Through the implementation of energy-saving strategies and the installation of energy-efficient equipments, last year we achieved an 8.7% reduction in energy consumption compared to the previous year. With this solar-energy project we’ll continue to broaden our efforts towards our main objective and commitment of being supplied 100% by renewable energy,” said Renzo Casillo, president and CEO of Walmart Puerto Rico.

According to Casillo, new Walmart stores in Puerto Rico are 21% more energy-efficient than the retailer’s original 2005 stores.

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BJ’s promotes dorm room wares

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NATICK, Mass. BJ’s Wholesale Club is offering affordable dorm room essentials for the back-to-college season. Dorm equipment such as microwaves, refrigerators, electronics, and hair products are all available for all available purchase at a reasonable price.

“College-bound children need the conveniences of home. But at the same time, the environment must reflect their newly found freedom and their youthful spirit,” said Chris Neppl, EVP merchandising at BJ’s Wholesale Club. “From electronics and game systems to kitchen appliances, bedding and plants, we offer a wide range of dorm room decor that respects children’s tastes as well as their parents’ wallets.”

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GameStop launches store for casual gamers

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GRAPEVINE, Texas GameStop has launched a new online store for the casual gamer.

The GameStop Casual Digital Store at www.gamestop.com/casual features money-saving offers, free trials and streamlined search and checkout capability. The store also features the new “Casual Lounge,” which is a way for gamers to connect with GameStop’s experts and make more informed decisions through editorials describing new releases.

“As the leading video game and entertainment software retailer, we continuously look for ways to bring our passion for gaming to the customer visiting us online,” said Tony Bartel, executive vice president of merchandising and marketing. “The new Casual Digital Store accomplishes this goal by appealing to an ever-expanding customer demographic looking for value in addition to trusted guidance to ensure they receive the best gaming experience possible.”

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