Darden goes greener at HQ

Solar panel roofing to reduce energy use at LEED certified campus

Darden Restaurants Inc., parent company of the Olive Garden and Red Lobster chains, will install 1.1 megawatts of solar panel roofing at its Orlando, Fla.-based corporate center.

The project at Darden’s Restaurant Support Center will make it Florida’s largest private solar array, and will generate enough power to subsidize 15 percent to 20 percent of the center’s annual power usage. That’s the equivalent of taking the campus off the grid for nearly two months a

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