US-based wind and solar operator Apex Clean Energy has announced the signing of two power purchase agreements (PPA) with McDonald’s.
The agreements cover 326MW of wind-generated power supplied to the fast-food franchise. This will partly come from Caddo Wind farm in Caddo County, Oklahoma, generating 200MW. The Lincoln Land Wind project, located in Morgan County, Illinois, will generate the remaining 126MW.
Caddo Wind will feature approximately 110 wind turbines, which will generate clean energy that would be sufficient to power nearly 110,000 homes. In March this year, Apex sold the 303MW Caddo Wind project to Allete Clean Energy.
Allete and Apex will work together to finalise the development and construction of Caddo Wind. The plant will begin operations by next year.
Elsewhere, the 300MW Lincoln Land Wind project is currently under development by Apex. It will begin commercial operations late next year.
Apex Clean Energy president and CEO Mark Goodwin said: “Apex is thrilled to be a long-term partner of McDonald’s in its efforts to leverage its scale to create a healthier planet for generations to come.
“Across America, hundreds of rural towns and counties are being transformed through jobs and economic benefits delivered by renewable energy projects, and they are poised to rebound from recent economic insecurity stronger than before.”
McDonald’s North American Sustainability official Emma Cox said: “Our renewable energy projects with Apex will directly and immediately touch the lives of those living within these local communities and will also play a key role in how we feed and foster communities across the globe.”
The latest agreement builds on McDonald’s previous purchase of 220MW from Apex-developed Aviator Wind West in Texas.
The Aviator Wind facility is owned by Consumers Energy, Kansai Electric, and Ares Management’s Infrastructure and Power. Ir began operations in September this year.
With a total clean power purchase capacity of 546MW, McDonald’s is Apex’s largest single offtake entity and corporate buyer.