Disney's New Solar Farm Is A Not-So-Hidden Mickey
Categories: Solar Power
There is a Mickey-shaped solar farm near Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida.
Back in February of this year, Disney unveiled their 48,000 panel solar energy field near Epcot, which is organised in the shape of the entertainment company's most iconic character: Mickey Mouse. The facility, built in collaboration with Duke Energy Florida, is situated near one of Disney's theme parks in Bay Lake, Florida.
The five-megawatt solar farm is being called the Walt Disney World Solar Facility. It is visible from the air as a giant Mickey Mouse shape. It's just off the east shoulder of World Drive, near its intersection with Epcot Center Drive. It's just west of Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort.
The farm is about 22 acres, part of a 15-year agreement that allows Duke Energy to build, own and operate the farm on Disney's land. In return, the farm will provide solar power to Walt Disney World.
It’s taken Disney a while to build a large-scale solar facility, but the Epcot area is no stranger to solar panels. Epcot's Universe of Energy building had panels on its roof since October 1982.