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Chipotle Mexican Grill will install solar panels on 75 stores, including several in North Texas. The burrito chain announced on Tuesday it will install 500 kilowatts of solar capacity during the next year, including its locations near Irving Mall and Vista Ridge Mall. The company is considering seven more North Texas locations as well, said Kelley Wright, a spokeswoman for Standard Renewable Energy, which is handling the installations.
The company said the installation would reduce operating costs, but didn't say by how much, or how much the installations would cost. Wright said Standard estimates Chipotle will generate 60,138 kilowatt hours of power each month and prevent 41 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from power plants each year.
Posted by Elizabeth Souder @ 10:59 AM Wed, Oct 21, 2009 Mark, I'm addicted to the Chipotle burrito bowl with guacamole and plenty of salsa. To confess my environmental sins, I would have trouble avoiding Chipotle, even if it were powered by a 50-year-old coal plant in downtown Dallas. However, you are proof that my skepticism about green marketing is misplaced. It does work. And now I see that it's almost lunch time ...
Businesses that take green to heart, and make an effort, will get my business. But I am not sure there are that many environmentally minded people who think the same way. (In other words, your skepticism is probably justified).