To celebrate World Energy Day, Disneyland Paris announced the construction of one of the largest solar canopy plants in all of Europe.
Construction on the solar plant began in July and is expected to be completed in 2023, with the first milestone for the first phase in spring 2021. The plant will also have a touch of Disney Magic: once the project is completed, one section will be illuminated at night in the shape of Mickey Mouse, which will be visible from the sky.
Covering 42 acres, the 67,500 solar panels will not only shade guests from sunlight, rain, and snow but also produce 31 gigawatt-hours per year, contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by more than 750 tons of CO2 per year, and create enough renewable clean energy to power 17% of the resort – equal to the annual energy consumption of a small city.
According to Dr. Mark Penning, Disney Parks vice president of animals, science, and environment, Disneyland Paris Parks and the Disneyland Hotel are fed by geothermal energy from an innovative plant at Villages Nature Paris that uses naturally occurring underground heat and steam to help cover heating needs for the resort’s hot water and heating system.
The efforts at Disneyland Paris, along with the 270-acre, 50-megawatt solar facility built at Walt Disney World last year, are important steps towards Disney’s long-term goals of attaining net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and zero waste while conserving water resources and reversing the decline of wildlife.
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