McDonald’s Owner Spends $1m of His Own Money for Energy Efficiency
A McDonald’s franchise owner has built a new restaurant in Garfield Heights, Ohio, to be super energy efficient, spending about $1 million of his own money for the upgrades.
Bob Jursich, the franchise owner, also owns four other McDonald’s restaurants in Ohio, but he really wanted to make this new site energy efficient.
The 4,000-sq-foot restaurant features geothermal heating and cooling, LED light fixtures and 341 solar panels on canopies in the parking lot. Ten geothermal wells under the pavement of the restaurant’s drive-through heat and cool the building and also chill the icemaker, the freezers and the refrigerators, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Then, the waste heat from the icemaker and refrigeration units is used to heat water for the dishwashers and public restrooms.
The solar panels are expected to provide about 92,000 kWh per year, about 25 percent of the restaurant’s electricity needs, according to the local newspaper.
The restaurant also features insulated glass windows, a white membrane roof that reflects sunlight, and solar tube lighting in addition to the LEDs. Jursich told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that a new McDonald’s restaurant typically costs between $2 million to $2.25 million, and that he financed the extra roughly $1 million to pay for the energy efficiency and renewable energy features.
Although national and even global McDonald’s executives have visited the Ohio restaurant, McDonald’s declined to comment for this story.
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