Colorado IKEA lights up solar energy system
IKEA officially plugged in the solar energy system installed at its future Denver-area store opening July 27, 2011, in Centennial, Colo.
The 60,000-sq.-ft. array consists of a 498-kW system, built with 2,212 panels.
IKEA Centennial’s solar program will produce approximately 740,000 kWh of electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing at least 564 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), eliminating the emissions of 100 cars or powering 62 homes yearly.
“We are thrilled at how this solar energy system furthers our sustainability commitment at this future IKEA store,” said Kelly Frieze, store manager.
The project — the largest single-use rooftop array on a commercial building in Colorado — will contribute to the local utility’s renewable portfolio goals and lower the carbon intensity of the electrical grid. With this Centennial effort, IKEA now has six solar PV programs in the United States, with installations pending at eight other stores. IKEA Centennial also will be the first U.S. IKEA store to incorporate a geothermal system for heating/cooling the building.
IKEA contracted with California-based REC Solar, one of the largest U.S. solar electric providers with more than 6,000 systems built nationwide, including 16MW in the commercial retail sector in the past two years. REC Solar specializes in grid-tied solar electric design and installation, and offers the latest technology, state-of-the-art equipment and financing opportunities for all commercial and residential customers.
This is great news. Just
This is great news. Just think the huge amount of co2 emission could be reduced. This would certainly be making a positive impact on the environment. Lowering the level of pollution is very important for us. Using solar energy in all parts of the world is needed. More Solar energy investing would help this industry to grow.
An ECO product gives new life to disposable batteries
Canadian distributor and retailer RONA introduced an alkaline-battery charger that works for regular disposable batteries. This new product, available under the RONA ECO brand, has been analyzed by the International Chair in Life Cycle Assessment at École Polytechnique de Montréal.
The device can recharge four AA or AAA batteries at a time. The recharge time only takes 90 minutes, and the charger can recharge the same battery up to 200 times, raising the average life expectancy of a battery from eight hours to 1,600 hours, according to RONA.
The product is an exclusive for RONA.
The retailer has done the math, suggesting a lifetime ownership cost savings in addition to its eco-friendly attributes. The RONA ECO charger also has considerable cost advantages. At a suggested retail price of $59.99, it allows a single battery, sold at an average cost of $1.62, to do the work of 200 batteries, which would amount to $1,296 for four regular alkaline batteries.
The RONA ECO charger can be plugged into an electrical outlet or powered using a USB cable (not included). If a battery has expired or is too damaged to be recharged, an indicator light will inform the user, and the device will simply cease to function.
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Wanted: IT professionals at Lowe’s
Lowe’s has announced plans to hire up to 300 information technology professionals, including 150 new positions, the company said. The new hires will join the team of more than 1,000 full-time IT professionals currently at Lowe’s.
Positions are now open across all IT professions, including business analysis, engineering, communications network, e-commerce, application development, program management and project management. While the jobs will be situated in Mooresville, N.C., the retailer said it is looking across the country for candidates.
More information on the jobs is at Lowes.com/careers.
“The walls of our stores have expanded as our customers and employees rely on technology to plan and execute their home improvement needs,” said Mike Brown, Lowe’s chief information officer. “Lowe’s is looking for the most knowledgeable and talented IT professionals to help us meet our goal of supporting an industry-leading technology infrastructure that provides the best platforms and tools to exceed our customers’ expectations and create a first-class work environment for our employees.”
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