One of the most magical places on the planet is about to start…saving the planet? Allow us to explain: another solar farm at Disney World is on its way, and it’s about to start generating enough energy to power at least two of the company’s resort parks in Florida.

Earlier this year, Disney announced a collaboration between Walt Disney World Resort, the Reedy Creek Improvement District and Origis Energy USA. Working together, this collab is set to create a brand-new 270-acre, 50-megawatt solar facility. With half a million solar panels the facility will do more than generate renewable energy. It also is set to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 57,000 tons annually. Oh boy, indeed!

If you’re wondering just how important 57,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions is to out planet—it’s the equivalent of removing 9,300 cars from the roads over the course of a year. It;s this reduction that will help the Walt Disney Company meet their goal of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by half between 2012 and 2020.

Combined with the Disney’s existing five-megawatt solar facility near Epcot, both facilities will create enough energy to cover 25 percent of the resort’s total power needs during peak sunlight hours. The precise power route won’t take the energy directly to Disney though. Even though this is Disney’s green creation, the energy will flow to the local power grid.

So when will this new solar facility start producing energy? And where does it fit into Disney’s Florida resort layout? Look for the new facility (or the construction, right now) near Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Oh, and it looks kind of like someone famous. Yep, the solar panels are shaped in that you-can’t-miss-it Mickey Mouse icon!

—Erica Loop

Featured Photo: Courtesy of Disney Parks



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