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Ikea now offers fuel from meatballs — and the sun

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First, Ikea fueled us with its Swedish meatballs — now the store is powering solar energy into the grid.

The Beard Street furniture giant fired up 1,104 solar panels atop its superstore on Wednesday, a move the home furnishings giant hailed as a green victory for the waterfront neighborhood — a product of its “Swedish heritage and respect for nature.”

“The initiative helps improve the environment and contributes to our vision of creating a better everyday life for the many,” said store manager Mike Baker.

At 19,000 square feet — about half a football field — the array is the largest in Brooklyn.

The energy produced by solar system is equivalent to the electricity burned by 20 homes annually, store officials said. And stealing energy from the sun rather than burning it in a power plant prevents 32 cars worth of emissions from polluting the air every year.

The panels collect solar radiation from the sun and convert it into electricity, once connected to Con Edison’s electrical grid. The utility giant certified the system this week.

The electricity that is produced does not power the massive store, but rather is pumped into the electric grid, slightly reducing the store’s ecological impact.

But store critics were underwhelmed.

“This will be a miniscule way to offset the tremendous amount of pollution created by the vehicles passing through Red Hook Park on the way to the store,” said John McGettrick, co-chairman of the Red Hook Civic Association.

Upon its opening in 2008, traffic in the area jumped from about 235 cars to 810 cars on a weekend — significantly more than the 32 cars that the solar array will offset.

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Frank from Furter says:
"no matter what they do or so we are going to oppose it anyway....whatever it is I's against it" from the Marx brothers...

You have to admit it, Ikea has not been as bad as had been forecast and has been a fairly good neighbor. The fact that they did something is in their credit. Are they the most econologically best neighbor? Well they are a lot better than the Gowanus canal....and they do have good meatballs.
April 28, 2011, 9:10 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Pollllooootion! Traaaafficcc! Congeeeessssstion!

In comes Ikea - and with their own money, creates and maintaints (key word: maintains) a park along the water, provides sufficient parking spaces and above all JOBS for the folks who live across the street, and all the whining about the horror of this place resurfaces.

Unless you are hiring and providing jobs, shut up and get out of the way. That means you 'civic association' or is it simply an obstructionist organization.
April 28, 2011, 9:22 am
Balls from Ghetto says:
Yeah shut up whiners. Get a job and occupy your time. I'm sick of my tax money funding your ability to be a lazy, slacker, whiny, sack of s#!*. GFY
April 28, 2011, 10:37 am
Red Hook Civic Association from Gowanus says:
Hide yo kids hide yo wife
April 28, 2011, 10:38 am
jon from south brooklyn says:
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. John McGettrick and his wife are the biggest motorheads in Red Hook. He tools around the neighborhood in his huge V8 and his wife drives her SUV to have brunch at Hope and Anchor three blocks away. A couple years back, after a pedestrian was killed on Van Brunt Street, DOT removed parking along the street to improve sight lines, John was the first to whine about the loss of parking spaces!! He is awful and needs to step down.
April 28, 2011, 11:01 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:
235 cars to 810 cars on a weekend — significantly more than the 32 cars that the solar array will offset.

What was the increase of tax revenue per sq footage for that area with the coming of Ikea?

Sales tax
Real Estate Tax
Income tax paid by the company and to by the employees?
April 28, 2011, 11:59 am
PickleSniffer from Red Hook says:
Thank you jon from south brooklyn. John McGettrick is a turd who lost his self made battle and now wont shut up. This can eat one.
April 28, 2011, 2:18 pm

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