The Walt Disney Company is just months away from generating enough renewable solar energy to fully power two of its four parks at the Walt Disney World Resort in central Florida.
Before the end of 2018, Disney will flip the switch on a sprawling 50-megawatt solar power facility composed of more than a half-million solar panels. The move is aimed at helping Disney achieve its larger plan to reduce its net greenhouse gas emissions 50 percent worldwide by 2020.
The Disney World solar facility will produce enough energy to supply 10,000 homes annually and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 57,000 tons per year.
The energy will go into the local powergrid and, not actually go to Disney’s theme parks.
This is the latest move by Disney for a concerted effort towards renewable energy. In Tokyo, Disneyland’s electrical parade light show is fueled by solar panels, which generate more than 600 kilowatts of power. In Europe, Disneyland Paris uses geothermal energy.
At Shanghai’s Disney Resort, a combined cooling and heating plant reduces emissions by 60 percent. Disney also is building three new cruise ships that will be run on clean-burning liquefied natural gas when they head out to sea.
At the flagship Disneyland Resort, solar panels sit atop the Radiator Springs Racers ride in Cars Land. The system — which opened in 2016 — generates electricity for the Disney California Adventure Park. The 40,000-square-foot operation features more than 1,400 high-efficiency solar panels and generates enough energy to annually power 100 Anaheim homes.