McDonald’s, Logistics Partners Sign Solar VPPA   - Diversified Communications

Commercial, Solar  -  December 15, 2022

McDonald’s, Logistics Partners Sign Solar VPPA  

McDonald’s Corporation and all five members of the restaurant chain’s North American Logistics Council (NALC) – Armada, Earp Distribution, Martin Brower, Mile Hi Foods and The Anderson-DuBose Company – signed agreements to purchase renewable energy.

The agreement was conducted with Enel North America to purchase renewable energy and the associated renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Enel Green Power’s Blue Jay solar project in Grimes County, Texas. 

This aggregation of a major company purchasing power jointly with its logistics partners will allow the electricity load of McDonald’s USA’s entire logistics supply chain for all its U.S. restaurants to be 100% supported by renewable energy.

The Blue Jay solar project is expected to be operational in 2023. When the project is completed, McDonald’s and its suppliers combined electricity purchase will amount to an estimated average of over 470,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable energy annually.

“Adding Blue Jay solar to our U.S. renewable energy portfolio is one of the many important steps in our journey to achieving our net zero aspirations,” said Bob Stewart, SVP and Chief Supply Chain Officer, North America, at McDonald’s, in a statement. “This deal is a unique example of how McDonald’s and its logistics partners are combining efforts to leverage their reach and scale to tackle supply chain emissions together. We are excited about our collective potential to help address climate change and drive continuous improvement.”

The combined purchase of 189 megawatts (MW) of renewable power, equivalent to more than 900 U.S. McDonald's restaurants-worth of renewable energy annually, will help McDonald’s and the NALC members meet their climate commitments.

The buyer aggregation was facilitated by Coho Climate Advisors.   



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