Solar Roof Power Purchase Agreement Includes Renewable Energy Certificates to Green 100% of Electricity Use at Toys“R”Us® Times Square

WAYNE, NJ (August 11, 2011) – Toys“R”Us, Inc. today celebrated the completion of the 5.38 megawatt rooftop solar power system at the company’s largest distribution center in Flanders, New Jersey. During an event held at the facility this morning, the company welcomed representatives from the state, including delegates from Governor Chris Christie’s administration, members of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation and local officials, as well as employees from Constellation Energy and United Solar. Attendees gathered to commemorate the project and symbolically power up the solar roof, which is estimated to offset 72% of the electrical needs for the Toys“R”Us®facility, making it the largest operational rooftop solar installation in North America.

At the event, Toys“R”Us, Inc. Chairman and CEO, Jerry Storch, announced that Toys“R”Us Times Square, the company’s international flagship store, will also directly benefit from the Flanders Distribution Center solar installation. As part of the Power Purchase Agreement, Constellation Energy will designate 7,500 Green-e® Certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) per year for the next three years to Toys“R”Us Times Square, effectively offsetting 100% of the 7,064,800 kilowatt-hours of electricity typically needed to power the store.

“At Toys“R”Us, we continually look for ways to diversify our energy portfolio and incorporate sustainable initiatives throughout our operations,” said Jerry Storch, Chairman and CEO, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “This solar rooftop project would not have been possible without New Jersey’s ongoing support and shared commitment to clean energy opportunities for businesses.”

“Governor Christie and I congratulate Toys“R”Us for its commitment to renewable energy,” said Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin. “Through a variety of aggressive policies, including our Solar Renewable Energy Certificate Program, New Jersey has emerged as a national leader in the development of solar and wind energy – second only to California. The rooftop solar power system atop this Toys“R”Us distribution center will serve as a model for other businesses as the state moves toward a future that is less reliant on fossil fuels.”

The solar power installation covers nearly 70% of the distribution center’s 1,281,000-square-foot roof and consists of more than 37,000 ultra lightweight UNI-SOLAR® brand photovoltaic solar panels, manufactured by United Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices. Depending on weather conditions, the system is expected to produce approximately 6,362,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year. Constellation Energy built, owns and maintains the Toys“R”Us rooftop solar power system. Toys“R”Us is purchasing the electricity generated by the system from Constellation Energy through a 20-year power purchase agreement. Constellation Energy retains the solar renewable energy credits.

“Constellation Energy is proud to support Toys“R”Us in its commitment to renewable energy,” said Michael D. Smith, Senior Vice President of Green Initiatives for Constellation Energy’s retail business. “By using renewable energy certificates to match 100% of the electricity used at its Times Square location, Toys“R”Us is also helping to support the operation and development of grid-connected renewable energy facilities.”

According to estimates provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, generating the same amount of electricity using non-renewable sources would result in the release of an estimated 4,387 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, which is equivalent to the carbon emissions from consuming 10,202 barrels of oil per year.

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About Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and juvenile products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 873 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, and in more than 520 international stores and over 200 licensed stores in 33 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including,, and, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need.

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