Google, Facebook, IKEA, Apple, Microsoft and now McDonald’s – renewable energy is here to stay


McDonald’s is the latest global giant to sign a power purchase agreement (PPA) to run 2,500 of its restaurants in the US. This reinforces the sense that business is becoming a major force in the renewable energy market, with an ever-increasing appetite to make the transition to clean energy a business priority.

The agreement for 380MW from the Aviator Wind West wind farm in Texas represents a huge step forward for McDonald’s in its attempts to achieve its decarbonisation goals.

McDonald’s joins a whole host of other global brands that have recently entered the renewable energy sector, including Google, which announced the biggest corporate power purchase agreement in its history with the purchase of 1.6GW in renewable energy worldwide.

These high-profile deals have reinforced wind and solar as a truly viable option for powering business operations, and big corporations are beginning to compete to purchase renewable energy. Fabien Vieau, Google’s EMEA principal for data centre energy and location strategy said, “we should see this as “good for business, good for the planet”

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