With the announcement of a new solar power facility strong enough to power two theme parks, Disney is continuing their commitment to conservation and renewable energy in a big way!
In celebration of Earth Day 2019, the Disney Parks Blog shared a behind-the-scenes tour of the solar power facility, which is 270-acres and 50-megawatts. Disney worked with Reedy Creek Improvement District and solar developer Origis Energy USA to create the new facility.
According to the Disney Parks Blog, “this facility is expected to generate enough renewable clean energy to operate two of Disney’s four theme parks in Central Florida annually, all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50,000 tons per year. That’s equivalent to removing about 10,000 automobiles from the roads annually.”
Saving the Bees
Beyond the energy conservation, Disney is also using this facility as a safe habitat for the native pollinator wildlife, including several species of butterflies, bees, and other insects, among those some with endangered or at-risk statuses. Disney environmentalists and horticulturalists worked to ensure two thirds of the facility would be friendly to these pollinators.
Disney Parks Blog stated, “At Disney Parks all around the world, every day is Earth Day, as we are making great strides toward our long-term goals of attaining net zero greenhouse gas emissions and zero waste, while conserving water resources and reversing the decline of wildlife around the globe.” Visitors might be able to spot the new solar power facility while driving on State Road 429.
You can keep up with Disney’s environmental efforts on their Facebook page, Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment.
Learn more about Disney’s Conservation Fund here.
By Leah Sikes