IKEA plugs in seventh solar-energy system
IKEA officially plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its store in East Palo Alto, Calif.
The 38,000-square-foot array consists of a 302-kW system, built with approximately 1,344 panels. IKEA East Palo Alto’s program will produce approximately 427,900 kWh of clean electricity annually – the equivalent of eliminating the emissions of 58 cars, the company said.
This initiative by IKEA will contribute to the local utility’s renewable portfolio goals and will lower the carbon intensity of the electrical grid. The East Palo Alto effort represents the seventh solar energy project for IKEA in the United States. Systems already are operational in: Brooklyn, N.Y; Burbank, Calif.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Tejon, Calif.; and Tempe, Ariz., with both a solar energy system and a geothermal system operational at the Denver-area store opening this July in Centennial, Colo. Also, there currently are plans underway to install systems at five other IKEA locations in California as well as eight more in the Eastern U.S.
EcoBlu supplies Red Shield to development
EcoBlu Products has been awarded a contract to supply Red Shield coated lumber and trusses for 88 home developments being built in Ontario, Calif.
Frame Right Construction was awarded the framing contract with the inclusion of Red Shield lumber and truss package for all 88 homes. These two-story homes range from 1828 to 2054 square feet and the contract represents 88 out of a potential 110 lots left to be built. The contract is in excess of $1 million in gross revenues for all 88 homes, with 3 models shipping immediately.
Frame Right Construction is an environmentally conscious framing company that only offers Red Shield protected lumber on all jobs in the Southern California market.
The production homes meet California new 2011 energy codes, which include solar power, radiant barrier roof sheathing and 2×6 exterior walls for added insulation value. Red Shield offers protection against mold, wood rot, termites and value added fire protection, according to the company.
Craftsman campaign seeks hapless DIYer
Tool brand Craftsman is engaged in an online search for a handyman to transform from rank beginner to respected DIYer.
The online "Handyman in Training" contest employs elements of social media. Contestants’ audition videos are stored at the Craftsman YouTube channel. And Craftsman’s fans on Facebook will eventually be allowed to play along, offering advice during the actual training of handyman.
There have been about 300 applicants so far. Auditions come to an end Thursday. The event has received publicity in the mainstream media, including this New York Times article.
Craftsman is an 84-year-old tool brand owned by Sears Holdings.