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McDonald’s Owner Spends $1m of His Own Money for Energy Efficiency

May 3, 2013 By Linda Hardesty

mcdonaldsA 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.



4 comments on “McDonald’s Owner Spends $1m of His Own Money for Energy Efficiency

  1. McDonalds Corporate needs to get onboard and reduce their dependency and usage of our natural resources. If I lived in Ohio, I would gladly support this franchise owner at this outlet. Thank you Bob Jursich for being a conscientious business owner.

  2. Good for the owner. He obviously sees the benefit of investing in energy reduction strategies. His investment will provide significant savings and benefits for years to come.

  3. There is ZERO economic benefit to the owner. This sounds and feels good to some, but the ROI on renewables, etc. just isn’t there. In fact, the only thing that makes this stuff even come close to making any sense at all is our government artificially propping this stuff up with tax credits and rebates. The big unknown is whether enough new consumers will buy there because it makes them feel socially responsible or they want to support this kind of thing or whatever. And it would take a lot of them. McDonalds customers go there for convenience, not to feel like they are contributing to saving the world from the evil Halliburton or something.

    If this stuff really had a positive ROI, McDonald’s would be the “greenest” company on the planet.

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