Mickey-Shaped Solar Facility Goes Online at Walt Disney World

A new Mickey-shaped solar facility is up and running at the Walt Disney World Resort

Duke Energy paid for the facility and will operate the 22-acre solar farm.

Duke Energy Florida President Alex Glenn said construction took about five months.

“This is just one of several projects we have going on right now. One in Perry, Florida, one in Osceola County that will be the size of 20 football fields that will be producing electricity this summer to all of our customers,” said Glenn.

The five megawatt solar plant produces enough energy equivalent to 1,000 residential solar rooftop systems, according to Duke Energy.

Duke Energy also said it plans to double the amount of Florida’s solar energy production by 2024.

Disney is leasing the land to Duke Energy according to officials. Duke will sell the electricity that is generated to Reedy Creek Improvement District, which provides power to the area. The solar power will not only help provide electricity for Walt Disney World Resort, but also some nearby hotels.

“We are always seeking opportunities to become more renewable and to conserve natural resources. Every day that is what we do continuously is seek that,” said Angie Renner, Walt Disney World Resort’s environmental integration director.

Disney also said that the Mickey Mouse shaped solar farm is visible from space.

Reedy Creek Improvement District and Duke Energy Sign Agreement to Build Solar Facility to Provide Power to Walt Disney World

Solar Panels

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.