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Walt Disney World Resort Announces New Solar Initiative

A new 270-acre, 50-megawatt solar facility will power two of Disney’s four theme parks.

Walt Disney World Resort is partnering with Reedy Creek Improvement District and solar project developer Origis Energy USA to build a new 270-acre, 50-megawatt solar facility, which will generate renewable clean energy to power two of Disney’s four theme parks in Florida.

The solar facility, which is slated to be complete by the end of 2018, will feature half a million solar panels, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 57,000 tons per year and be located near Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It will also aim to help The Walt Disney Company reach its 2020 goal of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent compared to 2012.

Disney Parks Blog has more details:

With Earth Day right around the corner, I’m thrilled to share details with you about the next milestone in Disney’s continued commitment to environmental stewardship. Walt Disney World Resort recently embarked on a new initiative in collaboration with the Reedy Creek Improvement District and solar project developer Origis Energy USA to bring a new 270-acre, 50-megawatt solar facility online by the end of the year, generating enough renewable clean energy to power two of its four theme parks in Central Florida!

This solar facility will include half a million solar panels and will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 57,000 tons per year. That’s the annual equivalent of removing 9,300 automobiles from the roads. More broadly, this initiative will join the numerous efforts The Walt Disney Company has launched to deliver its 2020 goal of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by 50% compared to 2012.

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