New 50-megawatt solar facility will provide 25 percent of Walt Disney World power requirement

Apr 19, 2018 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Plans were revealed earlier this year for Walt Disney World's next solar project, and just ahead of Earth Day, Disney has shared a few more details on the project.

Construction will begin soon on the 270 acre plant, with the first solar panels already delivered to the site near to Disney's Animal Kingdom. Operated by Origis Energy, the near 500,000 solar panels will be online by the end of the year.

During peak sun hours, up to 25% of Walt Disney World's power needs will be met by solar generation. The plant will reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 52,000 metric tons, or the equivalent of removing 9300 cars from the road each year.

This new solar facility is far bigger than the first, which opened in 2016. That facility is a 22 acres with 48,000 panels, bringing 5 megawatts of power generation to the resort.

The Walt Disney Company has set a 2020 goal of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by 50% compared to 2012.

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Article Posted: Apr 19, 2018 / 4:05pm ET