By Atlanta Business Chronicle

Waffle House Inc. is going scattered, smothered and solar.

The Norcross, Ga.-based restaurant chain reported its first solar energy deployment on a restaurant near its headquarters. Atlanta-based First Century Energy installed four solar hot water collectors on the roof of the Jimmy Carter Boulevard restaurant. The installation will provide nearly half of the restaurantâ¿¿s daily hot water needs.

Waffle House expects to pay off the solar energy program in less than five years and will continue to offset a portion of its hot water bill over the estimated 25 year life of the system.

⿿We believe clean energy solutions make sense both for the environment and as a way to keep our energy costs down,⿝ said Ben Aune, Waffle House vice president, in a statement. ⿿Keeping energy costs down helps us pass along those savings to our customers.⿝

Waffle House has more than 1,500 restaurants in 25 states.

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