McDonald’s Malaysia Enters Rooftop Solar Partnership to Reduce Carbon Footprint

McDonald’s Malaysia has inked a strategic partnership with Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB), the largest electricity utility in Malaysia, and green energy firm GSPARX Sdn Bhd (GSPARX), for the installation of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities through the signing of a Supply Agreement with Renewable Energy (SARE).

The solar PV facilities will be installed at 100 selected McDonald’s Drive-Thru restaurants across the Southeast Asian nation in phases, with the project scheduled for completion by December 2024.

McDonald’s kickstarted its initial phase of sustainability initiatives in collaboration with TNB, which involves the installation of rooftop solar PV facilities at selected McDonald’s restaurants, in June 2022.

In the first phase, GSPARX – a wholly owned subsidiary of TNB – has installed the rooftop solar systems at 39 McDonald’s restaurants across the country, with a total capacity of 1216.18kWp. This marks an important milestone in McDonald’s journey towards long-term sustainability efforts.

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Under the SARE agreement, GSPARX will be responsible for constructing, installing, operating, and maintaining the solar PV facilities with a system size of 2.5MWp for the 100 McDonald’s restaurants. With the implementation of this solar project, McDonald’s Malaysia is expected to reduce its electricity cost by RM7 million (US$1.5 million), across these restaurants.

In addition to the signing of SARE, McDonald’s will also be entering another partnership with GSPARX for the development of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations at selected McDonald’s outlets, as part of the company’s commitment to promote the adoption of clean energy solutions and support the growth of electric mobility in Malaysia.

“We are delighted to collaborate with McDonald’s Malaysia and contribute our expertise in renewable energy. This partnership showcases TNB’s commitment to supporting leading companies like McDonald’s in their journey towards decarbonizing their operations. We firmly believe that this collaboration will yield significant business growth for both organizations as we accelerate the efforts towards Energy Transition,” said Indera Ir. Baharin Din, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tenaga Nasional Berhad.