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