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Walgreens begin solar installations at Ohio stores

BY Marianne Wilson

Chicago — SoCore Energy has been chosen as the solar developer to assist Walgreens in completing one of the nation’s largest solar energy rollouts. Construction of the first 20 solar installations at Ohio-area Walgreens began earlier this month, at stores in Cincinnati.

SoCore Energy is under contract to provide 90 Ohio solar installations for Walgreens. The first 53 will be completed by Nov. 11, pushing Walgreens’ total number of solar sites to 136.

Walgreens will lease the arrays from SoCore for 10 years.

SoCore has chosen Power-One as its exclusive provider of inverters for the Walgreens projects. SolarWorld will supply high-performance solar panels for the Walgreens effort. Thousands of the company’s 240-watt crystalline silicon panels will supply a total of two megawatts of power to the retail giant.

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Duane Reade partners with Smith Electric Vehicles in EV pilot

BY Allison Cerra

New York City — Duane Reade said Monday it has added Smith Electric Vehicles’ Newton zero-emission, all-electric commercial trucks to its delivery fleet.

With the addition of these medium-duty trucks, Duane Reade is the first retail pharmacy in the United States to choose fleet electrification through a pilot program with Smith Electric Vehicles, a global supplier of zero-emission, all-electric commercial vehicles.

This pilot program is part of a continued energy initiative at Duane Reade, whereby all new and renovated stores feature 95% to 98% low-heat LED lighting, translating to approximately 40% less power consumption each year, the pharmacy chain said.

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J.C. Penney’s new Dallas store reflects chain’s commitment to energy

BY Marianne Wilson

Dallas — J.C. Penney Co. will unveil the newest iteration of its store model with the opening of its new Dallas store in the TimberCreek Crossing shopping center on Sept. 30.

The 105,000-sq.-ft. single-level store provides an assortment of services under one roof, including dedicated in-store environments for MNG by Mango and a 1,700-sq.-ft. Sephora shop.

The TimberCreek Crossing store also reflects the retailer’s commitment to energy efficiency. It is one of two stores selected for inclusion in the Department of Energy’s Net-Zero Energy Project. Under project guidelines, the store is designed to achieve energy savings of 50% or more compared with code-minimum energy-efficiency requirements for similar new buildings.

The new location, also certified as "Designed to Earn the Energy Star," is incorporating features such as:

  • High-efficiency 12.6 EER rooftop heating and air-conditioning units.
  • Energy-saving, long-lasting LED lights throughout the store.
  • Double-layer roof insulation and spray-foam wall insulation to yield higher "R" values than typical stores.
  • Radiant heating in the receiving dock area to reduce reliance on natural gas.
  • Skylights with automatic daylight dimming controllers in offices and stockrooms.

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