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Walt Disney World celebrates Earth Day with new solar facility capable of powering two theme parks

by Brittani Tuttle

Walt Disney World Resort is celebrating Earth Day a little early by unveiling their new 270-acre, 50-megawatt solar facility.

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The new solar facility in Central Florida is helping to harness the power of the sun to help operate Walt Disney World Resort, all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by tens of thousands of tons per year. Photo by Olga Thompson

Located by State Road 429, this facility is expected to generate enough clean, renewable energy to power two of Disney’s four theme parks each year. It will also help reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by tens of thousands of tons per year.

“At Disney, every day is Earth Day, and we hope our guests and cast members will be as inspired and amazed as we are at what this new solar facility means for our community and planet,” said Angie Renner, environmental integration director for Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products. “This is an ambitious step forward for our renewable energy efforts.”

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Disney Cast Members have collaborated to help make more than two-thirds of the new solar facility pollinator friendly, with the goal of creating a safe and welcoming habitat for butterflies, bees and other insects, including endangered and at-risk species. (Olga Thompson)

The Solar facility is also providing a habitat for native wildlife in Central Florida. A team of environmental and horticulture experts from Disney teamed up to help make more than two-thirds of the facility pollinator-friendly.

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More than a half a million solar panels make up the new 270-acre solar facility that’s helping to power the magic at Walt Disney World Resort. The facility was built in collaboration with the Reedy Creek Improvement District and solar project developer Origis Energy USA. (Origis Energy)

The new facility features over half a million solar panels, and during peak sun hours, up to 25 percent of Walt Disney World’s power needs will be met through solar energy.

To learn more about Walt Disney World, visit DisneyWorld.com. Stay tuned for our report from the new facility on a future episode of “The Attractions Show”.

Walt Disney World's Massive 270-Acre Solar Facility

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