A New Solar Facility Is Coming Online Soon At Castaway Cay

Allyson KoernerBlog, News

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Disney recently revealed a brand new solar facility is coming online soon as part of Disney Cruise Line’s Castaway Cay.

Leave it to Disney to bring an entire solar facility to their private island known at as Castaway Cay, which is located in The Bahamas.

It’s no secret that the company goes above and beyond when it comes to giving back to the environment.

In 2016, they built a Mickey-shaped solar array near EPCOT with help from Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID) and Duke Energy across 22 acres of land.

If that isn’t enough, in 2019, Walt Disney World (WDW), RCID, and Origis Energy USA developed a 70-acre, 57-megawatt solar facility that generates enough renewable clean energy to operate two of WDW’s four theme parks annually.

The latter also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50,000 tons per year.

Disney is looking to benefit the environment in similar ways with Castaway Cay’s new solar facility.

Castaway Cay’s Solar Facility

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Castaway Cay’s new solar facility will power 70 percent of Disney’s private island. Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Upon completion, Castaway Cay’s new solar array will power 70% of the private island! This means the facility will span across 5 acres.

Greenhouse gas emissions will also be reduced by 3,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.

So just how many solar panels will be brought online to do exactly this? Oh, you know, 4,320 solar panels!

In the words of Disney, “This new facility represents a larger effort by Disney to power our parks more responsibly.”


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Other Solar Efforts By Disney

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Disney’s solar facilities expand across its parks globally. Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Here are a few other Disney solar facilities to note:

  • Disneyland Paris: This is said to be “one of the largest solar canopy plants” and will eventually provide the use of 67,500 solar panels on top of an outdoor guest parking lot.
  • Hong Kong Disneyland: The park has installed over 5,000 solar panels across 20 attractions and buildings, making it “home to the single largest solar panel site in Hong Kong.”
  • Disney California Adventure: Radiator Springs Racers has 1,400 solar panels on top of the attraction.
  • Tokyo Disney Resort: There’s enough solar power “to fuel the iconic Dreamlights Parade with solar panels installed at eight backstage locations across the resort.”

Disney has recently implemented a new set of goals, in which they hope to “achieve net zero emissions” for their direct operations by 2030.


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Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner is a published entertainment news and Disney Parks writer, who hasn’t been able to stay away from Walt Disney World since she was 5-years-old. She even has her own Disney blog, Magic-Ally Main Street, where she shares news and tips in hopes of helping others plan successful Disney vacations.