McDonald’s Signs its First Large Scale Renewable PPA

McDonald’s has announced a 220 MW virtual renewable PPA with Aviator Wind West, a portion of the Aviator Wind project located in Coke County, Texas.

McDonald's PPA

McDonald’s, Apex Clean Energy, and Ares Management Corporation’s Infrastructure and Power strategy, have announced a 220 MW virtual renewable power purchase agreement (PPA) between McDonald’s and Aviator Wind West, a portion of the Aviator Wind project located in Coke County, Texas.

The virtual PPA, negotiated by Ares Management and Apex, represents the first wind energy contract signed by McDonald’s which will help the iconic company make strides toward its Climate Action Target to reduce GHG emissions related to McDonald’s restaurants and offices by 36 percent by 2030. The agreement with Aviator Wind West, together with a virtual solar power purchase agreement, positions McDonald’s to add more renewable energy to the grid than any other U.S. restaurant company to date.

Francesca DeBiase, chief supply chain and sustainability officer, McDonald’s said that as we look at the most pressing social and environmental challenges facing the world today, McDonald’s has a responsibility to take action, and our customers expect us to do what is right for the planet.

“This U.S. wind project represents a significant step in our work to address climate change, building on years of renewable energy sourcing in many of our European markets. We want to keep this momentum going, and we’re excited for what’s next.”

The energy generated for the virtual power purchase agreement will be equivalent to 1,300 McDonald’s restaurants’ worth of electricity.

“By developing a clear science-based target for reducing carbon emissions and working to achieve that target through such a significant renewable energy purchase at Aviator Wind West, McDonald’s is demonstrating its leadership to a global audience,” said Mark Goodwin, president and CEO of Apex Clean Energy. “Apex is proud to partner with McDonald’s in its journey to create a better future for people around the world.”

At 525 MW, the Aviator Wind project, developed by Apex and owned by funds managed by Ares Infrastructure and Power, will be the largest single-phase project in ERCOT and the largest single-phase, single-site project in the United States.

“The growth in long-term corporate offtake agreements is a testament to the efficient and sustainable low-cost power in the renewables industry,” said Keith Derman, co-head of Ares Infrastructure and Power. “We look forward to working with McDonald’s on Aviator Wind West and assisting other leading corporations in utilising renewable energy as part of their commitment to clean energy.”

Apex Clean Energy will provide both construction and asset management services for the project, which will be operational in 2020.

Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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