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Disney Doubles Ways to Power the Magic with Two New Solar Arrays

Dr. Mark Penning

by , Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks

Picture what’s possible when 40 percent of the energy supplied to The Most Magical Place on Earth is generated by the sun.

Building on today’s exciting launch of Disney Planet Possible and just in time to celebrate Earth Month, Walt Disney World Resort’s available solar energy resources will more than double with two new solar arrays constructed by two prominent Solar Development companies. As the most recent examples of Disney’s commitment to taking action to change our planet’s story, these new arrays will reduce our carbon footprint and help power even more magic in our theme parks, resorts and beyond!


The two new 75 MW (megawatt) arrays will be located in Gilchrist County and Polk County on over 1,000 total acres, enabling us to harness the sun’s power without depending on sunny skies in solely one area. With this expansion, Disney will become one of the largest commercial consumers of solar in the state. More importantly, it will join the numerous steps we are taking to deliver on our 2030 goal of achieving net-zero emissions.

Both arrays are expected to be online by early 2023. Continuing our longstanding history of protecting the planet, combined they will introduce nearly a half million solar panels capable of producing over 375,000 MWh (megawatt hours) of carbon-free solar energy in their first full year of operation. This is the equivalent of removing 29,500 automobiles from the roads every year! 

I look forward to sharing more information with you about our newest solar energy initiatives as we picture what’s possible when we continue our work together toward building a brighter, more sustainable future so that people, plants and animals all have a thriving place to call home. Be sure to keep reading the Disney Parks Blog, visit Disney Planet Possible, and follow our Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment Facebook page for additional updates! 

Comments

  • Has Disney considered building solar canopies over their many large parking lots? This also provides shade for the cars parked underneath. Reusing already paved land, shade for guests and power for Disney – win, win, win!