Chicken, Fries, and Solar Power

Via Bakersfield’s TurnTo23, a report on a recent decision to install solar panels at a Kentucky Fried Chicken location in Northwest Bakersfield:

A local Kentucky Fried Chicken fast food restaurant has updated its drive-through with solar panels. The restaurant, located at the corner of Rosedale Highway and Old Farm Road, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday to showcase the panels, installed by Integrate Solar.

The restaurant, located at the corner of Rosedale Highway and Old Farm Road, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday to showcase the panels, installed by Integrate Solar.

The owner says the drive-thru canopy is a win-win for customers, employees, and the environment.

“We can bring in renewable energy,” said Todd Stewart, CEO of the Stewart Restaurant Group. “We can cover and keep our employees protected, and save a little bit of money along the way.”

¬†Integrate Solar says the canopy will lower the restaurant’s energy costs by $11,000 in its first year alone and nearly $400,000 throughout its expected time in operation.



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Educated at Yale University (Bachelor of Arts - History) and Harvard (Master in Public Policy - International Development), Monty Simus has held a lifelong interest in environmental and conservation issues, primarily as they relate to freshwater scarcity, renewable energy, and national park policy. Working from a water-scarce base in Las Vegas with his wife and son, he is the founder of Water Politics, an organization dedicated to the identification and analysis of geopolitical water issues arising from the world’s growing and vast water deficits, and is also a co-founder of SmartMarkets, an eco-preneurial venture that applies web 2.0 technology and online social networking innovations to motivate energy & water conservation. He previously worked for an independent power producer in Central Asia; co-authored an article appearing in the Summer 2010 issue of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal, titled: “The Water Ethic: The Inexorable Birth Of A Certain Alienable Right”; and authored an article appearing in the inaugural issue of Johns Hopkins University's Global Water Magazine in July 2010 titled: “H2Own: The Water Ethic and an Equitable Market for the Exchange of Individual Water Efficiency Credits.”