Burger King wins Energy Efficiency Excellence Award
Miami Burger King Corp. was awarded the 2010 Energy Efficiency Excellence Award in the “Restaurant Chain” category by Southern California Gas Co. (SoCal Gas Co.).
The award recognized BKC as an industry leader for its innovation and commitment to develop energy-efficient kitchen equipment. Among the company’s innovations is the Duke Flexible Batch Broiler, which reduces energy costs.
“Our new revolutionary broiler not only reduces operational and energy costs but it expands cooking flexibility and facilitates a broader menu selection for our restaurants,” said John Reckert, senior VP, global operations research and development for BKC.
Eighty Burger King locations across Southern California have installed the energy-efficient broilers, which amounted to an estimated savings of $41,300 per year in natural gas costs. Additionally, gas consumption and related costs have been reduced by 52% compared with previous broilers, while the consumption and cost of electricity has been reduced by 90%.
All Burger King restaurants in North America have installed the new broiler and the broiler’s rollout to international markets is expected to be completed over the course of 2012.
Best Buy releases sustainability report
Minneapolis Best Buy Co. on Tuesday announced the release of its fiscal 2010 Sustainability Report.
“Sustainability for Best Buy means placing a focus on the people, technology and the power needed in the connected world,” said Brian Dunn, CEO, Best Buy. “We believe that technology holds the power to make the planet more connected and, in a word, better — but only if it is created to serve people and the things they care about.”
Albertsons, SunEdison activate solar-power systems at 3 stores
Fullerton, Calif. Albertsons a division of Supervalu, and SunEdison, North America’s largest solar-energy services provider and a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, Tuesday announced the activation of rooftop solar-power systems at three Albertsons grocery stores in Carlsbad, Oceanside and Alpine, Calif. The installations were constructed by channel partner REC Solar.
SunEdison financed the solar-power plants and will monitor and maintain the systems that will produce more than 12 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy over the next 20 years. The environmental attributes associated with the systems will offset more than 13 million pounds of carbon dioxide over the initial 20 years of operation — the equivalent of taking 1,300 cars off the road for the same period.
“We are delighted to align with SunEdison for the activation of these solar sites that required no upfront capital costs for Albertsons,” said Rick Crandall, director of environmental stewardship for Albertsons Southern California Division “The sites will allow us to continue making progress on our cost-saving measures and to support the use of clean energy as an alternative to the grid.”
Under the solar-power purchase agreement (SPPA) with SunEdison, Supervalu will purchase the energy produced to offset their demand from the grid for 20 years. The solar power plants are the first activated between Supervalu and SunEdison.
SunEdison worked closely with channel partner REC Solar, which has completed more than 35 commercial solar systems for national and local retailers, totaling 16MW in the past 24 months. Supervalu and SunEdison are investigating future deployment opportunities in other regions of the United States.