The Disney Parks Blog announced a new initiative with the Reedy Creek Improvement District and solar project developer Origis Energy USA to construct a 270-acre, 50-megawatt solar facility.
The new facility is expected to be online by the end of the year and should produce enough energy to power two theme parks.
From the blog:
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.
The facility will be located near Disney’s Animal Kingdom, with construction beginning in the coming months. Just last week, Origis Energy delivered the first of many solar panels to come as part of the project (pictured above while posed in front of the Tree of Life).