Walmart unveils 100th solar installation in California
San Diego — Walmart has completed its 100th solar installation in California, at a store on College Avenue in San Diego. After launching its solar pilot program in May 2007, Walmart strengthened its commitment to renewable energy in the state of California last year when it announced plans to expand its solar portfolio to more than 75% of its stores in California, approximately 130 stores, by the end of 2013. There are now 100 Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs in California using traditional and thin film solar installations.
By working with SolarCity, the company’s focus on solar power has generated more than 3,000 contract construction jobs in California. Based in San Mateo, Calif., SolarCity is responsible for the installation, management and maintenance of 70 of the 100 new solar power systems.
The total combined solar efforts in California are expected to:
- Provide 10 to 30% of each facility’s total electricity needs;
- Generate up to 70 million kilowatt hours of clean, renewable energy per year, which is the equivalent of powering more than 5,400 homes; and
- Avoid producing more than 21,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is the equivalent of taking approximately 4,100 cars off the road.
"At Walmart, we believe sustainability is about living better," said Kimberly Sentovich, senior VP of the Pacific Division for Walmart. "By using one of California’s greatest resources – sunshine – and employing renewable technology with our California-based partners, we will continue developing solutions that are both good for the environment and good for business."
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PGA Tour Superstore to open in New Jersey
Roswell, Ga. — PGA Tour Superstore announced plans to open a location in Paramus, N.J. The store, scheduled to open later this year, is PGA Tour’s 15th location.
The PGA superstores are owned and operated by Golf & Tennis Pro Shop, whose controlling owner and chairman is Arthur M. Blank, retired Home Depot co-founder and owner of the Atlanta Falcons.
PGA Tour Superstore provides an array of goods and services, including personalized golf lessons; seminars conducted by certified golf professionals using state-of-the-art teaching technologies; golf club and ball fittings; club repair and re-gripping; and tennis racquet restringing. The store experience also includes performance practice bays with swing analysis; eight swing simulators for lessons and club fittings; and a 2,500-sq.-ft.putting green.
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Schimenti Construction to build Buybuy Baby in Fashion Center, Paramus, N.J.
Ridgefield, Conn. — Schimenti Construction has announced that it has been selected to build a new Buybuy Baby in the Fashion Center, Paramus, N.J. The 53,028-sq.-ft. store will be on the third floor of the shopping mall.
Designed by Greenberg Farrow Architecture, Arlington Heights, Ill., the store will present a construction challenge in that is has very limited accessibility for bringing in required construction materials.
“To solve this challenge we have developed a plan that will remove a portion of the existing façade which will then allow us to easily hoist all the equipment and materials we need up to the third floor,” said Anthony Saoulidis, Schimenti project manager. “We expect construction to begin in early July and be completed within 18 weeks.”
Buybuy Baby is an upscale retailer offering a broad selection of products including baby furniture, car seats, high chairs, toys and complete lines of infants and toddlers clothing. In 2007, it was purchased by Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. confirmed the broad appeal and enormous growth potential of the Buybuy Baby.
Since 2003, Schimenti Construction has built nearly 40 Bed Bath & Beyond projects.