We’ve got some big news to share from the Sunshine State today. Built in collaboration with the Reedy Creek Improvement District and Origis Energy USA, a massive new 270-acre, 50-megawatt solar facility is officially online and providing renewable clean energy to Walt Disney World Resort!
This facility is expected to generate enough power from the sun to operate two of our four theme parks in Central Florida annually. It will also significantly reduce 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.
We will be celebrating this milestone in the coming months and look forward to sharing more details with you real soon. In the meantime, check out this time-lapse video – filmed with a solar-powered camera – to see how the facility has come to life.
It has come a long way since our most recent update last fall, when the first of more than half a million panels was installed! This project is certainly a giant leap forward in our emissions efforts, but it’s not the first. You may remember hearing about the 22-acre, 5-megawatt solar facility shaped like Mickey Mouse that opened in 2016.
So next time your travels bring you to Walt Disney World Resort, know that your visit may be partly powered by the sun. Be sure to keep reading the Disney Parks Blog and follow the Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment Facebook page for additional updates on the new solar facility and other exciting environmental projects.