Duke Energy to Build Solar Facility at Walt Disney World

Duke Energy Florida has announced they will be building a solar power facility at Walt Disney World.

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The facility will occupy about 20 acres near the intersection of World Drive and Epcot Center Drive.

Duke will lease the land for at least 15 years from Walt Disney World, which in turn will buy power from the solar output. It is not known what percentage of the resort’s power would come from the solar energy generated.

Disney being Disney, the facility’s 48,000 solar panels will be arranged “in the shape of a Disney-inspired design.” I’m guessing a not-so-Hidden Mickey.

Disney and Reedy Creek officials said the project is part of the resort’s commitment toward sustainability and being more green. Reedy Creek is the Disney-controlled taxing district in charge of things like utilities and land use.

What do you think of Disney’s latest efforts to be more green as it works to be the Happiest Place on Earth?

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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