It is fitting, or great timing, that on World Energy Day we can share some exciting news coming to Disneyland Paris. Disney have confirmed that one of the largest Solar Energy Canopy Projects in Europe is being built at Disneyland Paris.
In partnership with Urbasolar this will help reduce the amount of CO2, whilst providing renewable clean energy to the park. The projected numbers are nothing to be shy about either. With a reduction of 750 tons of CO2! In addition to this, the renewable energy provided by these canopies will also provide around 17% of the overall parks power consumption. To put this into perspective this would be around the same energy consumption of a small city!
Disney’s Long Term Environmental Goals
This project is part of a worldwide long term goal for Disney. Their aim is to reduce their carbon footprint and emit zero greenhouse emissions and waste. As well as reducing the effects, they are also aiming to conserve water resources and reverse the decline of wildlife numbers. Other projects which have been completed inline with this ideal is the 270-acre, 50-megawatt, solar facility that’s helping to power the magic in Walt Disney World. If you didn’t already know, Disneyland Paris already uses geothermal energy from a plant within Villages Nature Paris. Geothermal energy uses naturally occurring underground heat and steam. This provides heating from The Disneyland Paris Hotel and Both Disneyland Paris Parks hot water and heating system.
With an expected completion date of 2023, construction has already started in July this year. Spread across 42 acres, around the size of 24 football fields. The 67,500 solar panels will provide energy to the park. These panels will also protection to guests and around 9,600 vehicles from sunlight, rain and snow. With an added Disney touch, once completed the solar panels will illuminate a Mickey Mouse head at night. This will be visible from the sky, so this will be a good focal point for when you fly into Paris at night!
For more information on Disneyland Paris environmental efforts, visit: https://disneylandparis-news.com/en/our-commitments/environment/.