A new 5 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) installation in the iconic shape of Mickey Mouse’s head was recently unveiled at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
The new installation — which is being operated by the utility company Duke Energy — will provide electricity directly to Disney’s Florida Resort, in addition to other nearby resorts and hotels.
The 22-acre project will generate enough electricity to provide for the equivalent of the needs of around 1,000 regional households.
The environmental integration director at Walt Disney World Resort, Angie Renner, commented that the new installation would help the company to “conserve natural resources.”
“As a company that cares about the environment, we continually take steps of varying sizes to benefit the environment and protect the planet,” she continued.
Disney is currently aiming to slash its net carbon emissions by at least 50% (as compared to 2012 levels) by the year 2020. The new solar PV installation is part of the effort to achieve that goal.
The developer Duke Energy is currently aiming to add up to 500 MW of new solar PV capacity in the Sunshine State by 2024.
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