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Price Chopper Supermarket to Cut Energy Costs by 27%

Price Chopper recently opened a new energy-efficient 56,000-square-foot store in Warwick, New York, that is expected to cut the store’s energy costs by 27 percent, or by about $150,000 annually, reports Timesunion.com. The store features high-efficiency lighting system and controls, HVAC units, windows, insulation and motors as well as daylighting controls and skylights.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) provided Schenectady-based Golub Corp. with $315,000 in incentives to construct its new Price Chopper store in Orange County with energy-efficient features.

Price Chopper expects to reduce its energy consumption by more than 800,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, and to realize a payback in about 12 to 18 months. The store is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Buildings Council.

Over the past few years, NYSERDA has partnered with Price Chopper on several energy conservation, renewable energy, and combined heat and power projects, which total more than $1.5 million. This includes the Golub headquarters building in Schenectady.

The new headquarters building, constructed on a brownfield, features a variety of state-of-the-art systems to save energy, cut water consumption and reduce emissions, reports Syracuse.com blog.

The six-story, 240,000-square-foot building also used recycled materials such as carpeting and steel, and incorporated raised flooring to enable more efficient installation of electrical and HVAC components.

It also features daylight harvesting, energy management controls, rainwater harvesting for irrigation, and a fuel cell to supplement power from the grid that includes three 65-kilowatt natural gas-powered high-efficiency micro-turbines and photovoltaics, according to Syracuse.com. Golub has applied for gold-level LEED certification for its headquarters.

The retail chain also installed a 400-kilowatt fuel cell to provide most of the electricity for a supermarket location in Albany, N.Y.

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