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Walt Disney World Gets a Mickey Mouse Solar Panel Boost

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Feb 28, 2016 8:40:23 AM

A project on the outskirts of the Disney theme park bears the ubiquitous Disney branding, and should be operational soon.disney_solar_branding_mickey_mouse_green_builder.jpg

The 20-acre site near World Drive in Central Florida, built by Duke Energy, includes almost 50,000 panels, producing about 5 megawatts of power, and will serve Reedy Creek Improvement District, the power provider to Walt Disney World.

The Orlando Sentinel offers more details:

"Disney World already buys some power from Duke. It has used a little bit of solar power here and there, including at a theater at Epcot’s Universe of Energy exhibit, and in water-heating systems in a wardrobe facility and at the Animal Nutrition Center. The Duke project, however, will be the property’s largest solar project. Reedy Creek put out a request for proposals for a solar facility on Disney property last year.

Disney and Reedy Creek officials said the project is part of a commitment toward sustainability. Other efforts include a factory that turns food scraps into electricity and fertilizer, and recent conversion of its bus fleet to a cleaner fuel that will ultimately reduce emissions by nearly half."

Disney has been strongly criticized in past years for "greenwashing" with small gestures while its its core business continues as usual. Perhaps the entry into renewables, albeit a relatively small one, marks the beginning of a genuine move toward sustainability. Now if they could just leverage the government into some national bullet trains and stop encouraging millions of additional aircraft flights each year...


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