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Slumberland installing solar panels on 8 stores

LITTLE CANADA, Minn. - Slumberland Furniture is installing solar panels atop eight stores and two corporate offices, which will help power the stores and the communities around them.
     The company said each installation will offset 81,500 pounds of carbon dioxide annually, or the equivalent weight of 7,600 queen mattresses - which, stacked on top of each other would be more than five times the height of the Empire State Building.
     Using other comparisons, the energy savings from the solar installations on the 10 locations would equal the electricity use of 58 homes for one year, 802 barrels of oil, 38,654 gallons of gasoline or two rail cars of coal.
     "Taking steps toward improving the future of our planet is really just another way we try to improve the lives of our customers. Whether providing the bed for a good night's sleep or the energy for a nightlight, we're here to help," said Kenny Larson, Slumberland president. "As a company, we are committed to environmentally friendly practices. Plus, by reducing our own energy costs, we can pass the benefits directly on to our customers."
     Installation on the first of panels began on Sept. 23, at Slumberland's Roseville location. Completion on the first round of store installations was finished in early November.
     Other Slumberland locations in Minnesota to receive solar panels include stores in Bloomington, Fridley, Maple Grove, Maplewood, Owatonna, St. Paul, Woodbury and the corporate headquarters and warehouse in Little Canada. More installations are planned for 2014.
     Since 2007, Slumberland has reduced its annual carbon emissions by more than 3,000 tons through lighting retrofits, officials said. Also, its fleet operates at three miles per gallon above a self-imposed CAFE (corporate average fuel economy) standard for its passenger vehicles and has increased the fuel economy on its trucks 15% over the last two years.
    "With our new solar initiative, we hope to not only continue our environmentally conscious practices, but improve upon them," said Dave Rosen brook, fleet and facilities manager for Slumberland.

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