IKEA Deploys Fourth Fuel Cell

Carl Weinschenk

Furniture retailer IKEA has installed a fourth biogas-powered fuel cell in a California store, according to the company. The installation was at its San Diego location. All the stores also have solar arrays. Combined, IKEA will generate 1.5 MW of energy via the cells. A fifth fuel cell is planned, the company said. The press   …Continue Reading

Energy Projects and Small Businesses: An Improving — But Still Imperfect — Fit

Carl Weinschenk

One of the surest signs that a new technology or set of technologies is taking hold is increased use by small businesses. These organizations generally lack the manpower and budgets to take a step unless it is straight forward, cost-effective and almost sure to work. Such organizations don’t want to make statements. They want to   …Continue Reading

IKEA Builds Sustainability, Energy Savings

Carl Weinschenk

The furniture retailer is deploying fuel cells and solar. The two approaches complement each other–but will they connect?

Revolution Lighting Announces Wins

Carl Weinschenk

Revolution Lighting has won an installation project with Hibbett Sports that features installation of 73,000 LED tubes at 300 of the chain’s stores nationwide. The LEDs were trialed at Hibbett Sports’ retail store in Florida. The result was 67 percent in savings compared to the facility’s existing fluorescent lighting. The press release says that the   …Continue Reading

Walmart Goes All In On Sustainability

Carl Weinschenk

Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon detailed the company’s environmental road map this week at the Net Impact Conference in Philadelphia. Energy efficiency will be a key enabler of the company’s efforts. The company aims to use renewables sources for half its energy needs and reduce emissions by 18 percent by 2025. The company plans   …Continue Reading

Toyota’s First Net Zero Dealership Set for Corvallis, OR

Carl Weinschenk

Toyota says that its dealership in Corvallis, OR, will be the car maker’s first Certified Net Zero Energy Automotive Dealership when it opens. The press release says that the architect – Gensler – will collect data to enable the building, when complete, to gain LEED Platinum certification. The facility will use solar power and return unused energy to   …Continue Reading

Science-Based Targets Inspire a Smarter Investment Strategy in Retail

Ty Colman

Near the end of 2015, shareholders of a large U.S. retailer proposed a proxy resolution requesting the company commit to purchasing more renewable energy. This retailer approached POINT380 for guidance. What proceeded is a case for using performance data and a science-based approach to advance corporate sustainability. In the first phase of the project, we   …Continue Reading

Walmart and Alabama Power Teaming on Solar

Carl Weinschenk

Walmart and Alabama Power will build a 72 MW solar facility outside of LaFayette, AL.

U.K. Retailers’ Energy Efficiency Efforts Lauded

Carl Weinschenk

Energy Live News says that retail is one of the leading sectors in implementing energy efficiency measures in the United Kingdom.

Behind the Meter Podcast: Greater Refrigerator Efficiency is a Cool Idea

Carl Weinschenk

Owners and managers of facilities that rely on refrigeration — such as supermarkets and convenience stores — must sigh every time they see a case door open and a customer pause for what probably seems like hours choosing their drink or ice cream flavor. The cold air that is rushing out, after all, is wasted   …Continue Reading