In an effort to maintain green practices and protect our environment, Walt Disney World has begun using renewable solar energy to power sections of its 43 square mile property. Yesterday, Disney announced they are expanding the project. The additional half a million solar panels will provide up to 25% of the resorts energy needs.

Walt Disney World Expands Solar Energy Efforts

What’s happening:

Dr. Mark Penning —Vice President, Animals,Science and Environment, Disney Parks—recently shared more about the project with the Disney Parks Blog:

  • Disney is harnessing the power of the sun in the Sunshine State. In a recent collaboration with Reedy Creek Improvement District and solar project developer Origis Energy USA, Disney will bring a new 270-acre, 50-megawatt solar facility online by the end of the year.
  • The new facility will be located near Disney’s Animal Kingdom, with construction beginning in the coming months.
  • Disney recently unveiled a five-megawatt solar facility near Epcot that was developed in conjunction with the Reedy Creek Improvement District and Duke Energy.

Positive effects:

  • Together, the two facilities will generate enough renewable clean energy to provide up to 25% of the power needs at the Walt Disney World Resort.
  • This solar energy project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 57,000 tons per year—an annual equivalent of removing 9,300 automobiles from the roads
  • By 2020, Disney’s goal is to reduce its net greenhouse emissions by 50% compared to 2012.

Walt Disney World Expands Solar Energy Efforts

Dr. Penning on expanding the project: “Representatives from Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment and Horticulture teamsare exploring ways to make the new solar facility pollinator friendly, with rich wildflowers and vegetation, creating a safe and welcoming habitat for butterflies, bees and other insects, including endangered and at-risk species. This important work aligns perfectly with the Disney Conservation Fund’s “Reverse the Decline” initiative, which aims to reverse the decline of 10 threatened species, including butterflies.”

Other environmental practices:

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom celebrates it’s 20th Anniversary on Earth Day—April 22nd. The park will host an extended Party for the Planet throughout the rest of the month.
  • The Behind the Seeds Tour at Epcot’s Land Pavilion allows guests to take a guided tour through one of Disney’s fully functioning greenhouses. Food and plants grown here are used throughout the resort to nourish guests.

The Walt Disney Company maintains its focus on conservation and preservation, and continues to be a good steward of the planet. Their leadership, innovation, and commitment prove that everyone can protect the Earth.


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