Duke Energy Florida signed an agreement with Disney to operate a 5-megawatt solar facility that will serve the Reedy Creek Improvement District, which provides the Walt Disney World Resort area with much of its power.
The Reedy Creek Improvement District board of supervisors voted to accept a 15-year power-purchase agreement with Duke Energy Florida Solar Solutions LLC, a subsidiary of Duke Energy Florida, to purchase solar energy from the facility.
Once constructed, all of the energy from the facility will be sold to the district to meet its energy needs.
“Our new solar facility agreement is another example of how we’re always looking at innovative ways to conserve our natural resources,” said Bill Warren, administrator for Reedy Creek Improvement District, which provides governmental services, including utility systems. “The use of solar energy builds on our commitment to protect the environment and is another step toward realizing our long-term sustainability goals.”
The facility will occupy about 20 acres near World Drive and Epcot Center Drive at Walt Disney World Resort.
Construction is expected to begin mid-summer, with the facility to be in service by year end.
The facility’s 48,000 solar panels will be arranged in the shape of a Disney-inspired design.