Duke Energy’s massive solar installation to help power tourism at Disney

ORLANDO, Fla. — Wall-E would be proud. Walt Disney World, Duke Energy and the Reedy Creek Improvement District welcomed a new solar power facility that will provide some renewable energy for the massive theme park in Orlando, Fla., the Charlotte Business Journal reported.

The five-megawatt, 48,000-solar panel facility — which is in the shape of a Mickey Mouse head — is the theme park’s latest effort in bringing renewable energy into the theme park business, as it generates enough power equivalent to 1,000 residential solar rooftop systems, said a release. The facility sits on 22 acres of land near Epcot.

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Operated by Charlotte-based Duke Energy Corp., the facility will sell energy to the Reedy Creek Improvement District, which operates inside of Walt Disney World. “As a company that cares about the environment, we continually take steps of varying sizes to benefit the environment and protect the planet. This new solar facility will help us in our efforts to conserve natural resources,” said Angie Renner, environmental integration director for Walt Disney World Resort, in a prepared statement.

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Source: Charlotte Business Journal

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