Commercial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables - April 23, 2021
Disney World Approaches 40% Renewable Electricity
Disney World announced that it plans to develop two solar farms near Orlando, Florida. Combined with its two current solar farms, these installments will help the park rely on clean energy for 40% of its electricity needs.
As part of this agreement, Disney World has partnered with Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID). With the assistance of local utility companies, the partnership will build two new 75MW solar facilities that will provide power to Disney World by 2023. These solar farms will join Disney World’s current sites, a Mickey Mouse-shaped 22-acre installment near Epcot and a 57 MW facility near State Road 429.
In addition to Disney World’s solar expansion, Disneyland Paris will soon install solar canopies above their guest parking lots. Disney Cruise Line is also going solar; its new 4320-panel facility will provide 70% of Castaway Bay Island’s electricity. These initiatives add to Disney’s current solar portfolios, including those in its Hong Kong and Tokyo locations, and will help Disney to achieve its goal of net-zero global emissions from direct operations by 2030.
“I am incredibly proud to share that we’re continuing to make tremendous steps towards reducing our carbon footprint at our global parks and resorts with new solar facilities coming online around the world,” says Dr. Mark Penning, Vice President of Animals, Science and Environment at Disney Parks, in a blog post. “Through the innovative use of space, and with a touch of Disney magic, we are using the sun to conserve energy and power up in a responsible manner.”