Disney plans “pollinator friendly” solar power plant in Florida

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April 23 (Renewables Now) - Origis Energy USA will build a 50-MW solar plant to power two of the four theme parks owned by media and entertainment conglomerate Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) in Central Florida.

In addition to Origis Energy, Walt Disney World Resort is collaborating on this project with the Reedy Creek Improvement District. The latter has already worked with Disney and Duke Energy on a 5-MW solar park near Epcot.

The new facility will span over 270 acres (109.3 ha) and consist of half a million solar panels, installed near Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Construction work is expected to start in the coming months and the solar park is seen to be completed by the end of the year.

The news was announced in a blog post last week by Mark Penning, Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment at Disney Parks. He noted that the project will be designed as a “welcoming habitat for butterflies, bees and other insects, including endangered and at-risk species”.

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

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