Walt Disney World has been very focused on clean energy for its theme parks, and the Orlando theme park just took one giant step with the brand new 270-acre solar facility that is now officially online and providing renewable clean energy to Walt Disney World!
Built in collaboration with Reedy Creek Improvement District and Origis Energy USA, the facility is expected to generate 50 mega watts of clean energy significantly reducing net greenhouse gas emissions joining the numerous efforts The Walt Disney Company has launched to deliver its 2020 goal of reducing emissions by 50% compared to 2012. It will generate enough power for two of four Walt Disney World Resort parks annually and enough for 25% of the resort’s overall energy needs.
The two closest parks to the solar facility’s location are Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom.
Just a few months ago, the first panel for the new solar farm was being installed, and now there are over 500,000 panels total. This is the second solar farm in Walt Disney World after a smaller 22-acre, 5 megawatt one shaped like Mickey Mouse opened in 2016 near Epcot.
The panels are located just west of Disney’s Magnolia and Palm golf courses.
Disney Parks have also been eliminating plastic straws and lids on their drinks, as well as getting rid of plastic shopping bags in favor of reusable ones. Each park has different ones with the Disney characters and park icons on them.