SOURCE: Ted's Montana Grill

June 04, 2007 15:30 ET

Ted's Montana Grill Installs First Solar Panels

TALLAHASSEE, FL--(Marketwire - June 4, 2007) - The Ted's Montana Grill restaurant in Tallahassee, Fla., located at 1954 Village Green Way, recently became the city's first restaurant to use photovoltaics (PV) -- or solar power -- to conserve energy. It also marks the first Ted's Montana Grill nationwide to use solar power.

One World Sustainable Inc., a contracting company which works to advance the use of solar energy and sustainable building technology, worked with Ted's Montana Grill to install 44 panels on the upper roof and 22 panels on the patio roof -- 66 panels in total. The panels currently supply about 5 percent of the restaurant's energy needs.

George McKerrow, president and CEO of Ted's Montana Grill, said the company, which was co-founded by McKerrow and media entrepreneur and environmentalist Ted Turner, is always looking for new forms of sustainable energy.

"Ted is always challenging us to look for sustainable, alternative energy sources. Tallahassee was an ideal location because both the city and the state have strong incentives for businesses that use alternative energy sources and because we own the property and the building there," McKerrow explains.

"The power we generate goes directly back into the building to reduce energy costs," adds Ed Bazor, the company's director of construction. Other key benefits include the hydrocarbons that will be saved, a decrease in the use of power purchased and a reduction in power generated.

The state of Florida rewards businesses and individuals for promoting solar energy use with one-time rebates for solar systems -- $4/per kilowatt up to $100,000 for commercial businesses. The state incentive program awarded $3 million in rebates in 2007. Additionally, the city uses a net metering system that pays businesses the same amount of money that would be charged for kilowatt hours.

McKerrow said his team is also looking into wind energy, partnerships with other large corporations and expanding the solar panel program.

Ted's Montana Grill has 49 restaurants in 18 states. The company's deep commitment to the environment is a critical component of the overall concept. Menus are printed on recycled paper. The restaurants use paper straws instead of plastic, and the to-go cups made of corn starch. Soft drinks are served in recyclable glass bottles. Other measures include water-efficient toilets in many of the restaurants and powder Boraxo soap in restrooms. Each restaurant is non-smoking.

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