The photo is striking; a Mickey Mouse silhouette, made of solar panels purportedly generating enough electricity to power 1000 homes.
But the second paragraph of Bruce Horovitz’s story in The New York Times fills in the gaps, and in astounding fashion.
“Even the visionary Walt Disney probably could not have imagined this one,” he wrote. “The Walt Disney Company is just months away from generating enough renewable solar energy to fully power two of its four parks at the Walt Disney World Resort in central Florida.”
This morning, The Times reported:
Before the end of 2018, Disney will flip the switch on a sprawling 50-megawatt solar power facility composed of more than a half-million solar panels, just outside Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The move is aimed, in part, at helping Disney achieve its larger plan to reduce its net greenhouse gas emissions 50 percent worldwide by 2020, compared to 2012… The soon-to-open Disney World solar facility, spread along a 270-acre designated renewable energy area, will produce enough energy to supply 10,000 homes annually and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 57,000 tons per year, according to Disney’s estimates. That is the annual equivalent of removing roughly 9,300 automobiles from the roads, the company says.
It’s an impressive stat, coupled with recent news about the elimination of single-use plastics and conservation efforts, which speaks to the company’s willingness to move forward with an eye toward sustainability.
But the article highlights more than the efforts being lauded in and around the Magic Kingdom. Worldwide, the company is making strides.
While some renewable energy advocates would like Disney to do even more to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, Disney’s leadership in this area is likely to encourage others. “What Disney is doing is an important part of the trend that’s changing the nation’s grid,” says Gregory Wetstone, chief executive of the American Council on Renewable Energy.
Meanwhile, the most memorable line from the piece points out, “Even for Disney; renewable energy requires more than pixie dust.”
Take the Cinderella Castle at Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Florida. Its holiday display of 170,000 lights has been painstakingly switched to LED lighting. Since that change, the energy to power that eye-popping display has been reduced to an amount needed to power just four coffee pots.
And that, my fellow Walt-ineers, was a
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