Disney is reducing its carbon footprint at Disney Resorts and Parks. Check out all the innovative solar facilities coming worldwide.
To celebrate Earth Day, Disney shares incredible progress using solar power! It’s exciting to see the progress being made using renewable energy from the sun.
Although solar energy has been around for awhile, Disney is finding new ways to incorporate it more as an energy source. Disney includes solar panels at their most notable attractions at Disneyland Resort and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.
At the most famous solar farm, Walt Disney World Resort, the solar panels are in the shape of a hidden Mickey.
New Projects Overview
Not only that, but Disneyland Paris is working on solar canopies that will give shelter to 9,500 guest vehicles! Disney has plans to build a solar facility that will power about 70% of Disney’s private cruise island, Castaway Cay, and two huge solar facilities in Central Florida.
Disney Parks, Experiences and Products solar facilities around the world can produce enough energy to power eight Magic Kingdom Parks at Walt Disney World Resort.
For me, it’s hard to grasp the enormity of Disney’s solar projects. Disney states that it wants to conserve energy by harnessing the power of the sun in a responsible manner.
Powering the Sunshine State
Walt Disney World has been using solar energy for several years. Today, Walt Disney World announced a new partnership with Reedy Creek Improvement District and local utility partners in Central Florida to develop two new 75MW solar facilities.
Hopefully, both of these facilities will go online in two years.
The famous hidden Mickey shaped solar panels were built in partnership with Reedy Creek Improvement District as well as Duke Energy. They cover 22 acres!
In addition, they built a gigantic 270-acre, 57MW solar facility in cooperation with Reedy Creek Improvement District and Origis Energy USA. Altogether, Walt Disney World’s solar facilities will produce up to 40% of its power usage.
At Disneyland Paris, Disney is working on one of the largest solar plants ever. Setting the new standard, they’re working with Urbasolar.
In addition, these canopies provide 67,500 solar panels at the outdoor guest parking lot. This provides solar power without using additional land.
Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong Disneyland boasts the single largest solar panel site in Hong Kong. Amazingly, it crosses 20 attractions and buildings!
In addition, Hong Kong Disneyland installed over 5,000 solar panels.
Check out the Radiator Springs Racers attraction to see Disney’s 1,400 solar panels. Disney uses these panels at Disneyland Resort.
I love that Disney situates these panels within and on top of attractions and parking lots! This way no additional land is being wasted by housing the solar panels.
Tokyo Disney Resort
Take a look at Tokyo Disney Resort. Here, solar power fuels the popular Dreamlights Parade using solar panels at eight backstage locations.
In 2009 Disney announced a long-term goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions. Using solar power goes a long way to accomplish this goal. However, Disney isn’t satisfied with the net zero goal. Instead, Disney just set an innovative goal to achieve net zero emissions in their direct operations by 2030.
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