Walt Disney World is known for its expansive theme parks packed with rides that have been entertaining millions of visitors for nearly 50 years. While the parks have maintained their original look and feel over the decades, there have also been a few green upgrades behind the scenes. With the celebration of Earth Day this month, Dr. Mark Penning, the Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment at Disney Parks and Resorts announced that the most recent addition to the iconc destination will be a giant new solar facility.
Located right in the middle of the Sunshine State, Walt Disney World’s decision to harness the sun’s energy is a natural step towards energy efficiency, since the Orlando area receives on average over 300 sunny days out of the year. The 50-megawatt facility will include no less than 500,000 solar panels to soak in all that sunlight.
The new facility will come to life with the help of solar project developer Origis Energy USA and the Reedy Creek Improvement District. The team will break ground near Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the next few months, and the project should be completed by the end of the year.