KFC Philippines Ramps Up Solar-Powered Restaurants

American fast food chain KFC is making progress on cutting its greenhouse gas emissions at its Philippines branches as it steadily grows the number of outlets with solar panel-mounted rooftops.

According to local media reports, KFC Philippines’ target is to have 80 stores with solar panel-mounted rooftops by the end of 2023. It ended 2022 with 47 solar-powered branches and has now reached 64.

With the estimated annual power generation of more than 2,600,000 kWh from the solar panel (photovoltaic) systems installed on 64 KFC facilities, this initiative of KFC has now lowered its CO2 (carbon dioxide) emission by 606,164 kg, well ahead of its industry peers, the firm said.

Depending on the size of the roof and the operating hours, the photovoltaic (PV) system can supply up to 20 percent of the stores’ power requirement.

In addition, the company is working on electricity savings for branches by installing solar panels on the parking lots of 22 KFC stores in the country that already have roofs mounted with PV systems. The first KFC solar parking development will be finished this month the company said.

Commenting on the progress of the solar installations KFC Philippines General Manager Maria Judith Marcelo said: “We are committed to our journey toward sustainable growth and being model stewards to the environment, which is why we really walk our talk when it comes to planet-friendly initiatives. Aside from ramping up our solar panel project, we also pioneered the use of e-bikes for delivery in several branches while also shifting to more sustainable packaging.”