Epcot solar farm shaped like giant Mickey

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Last year, Duke Energy and Disney formed a partnership to build a 5-megawatt solar farm near Epcot. The solar panels now form a giant hidden Mickey totaling nearly 11.5 acres, the largest Mickey on Disney property.

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How many trees were cut down for this?


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Lots, I'm sure. Of course, when you literally own the government, it doesn't get in the way.


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You mean the Lorax from IOA didn't protest?


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Maybe six flags should build theirs in the shape of the Bat Signal.


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Time for some traffic problems on Monmouth Rd.

Another waste of money. Disney will have to buy some of thier power from the local power company from time to time. Just like SFGA they didn't take into account that it does rain in Florida alot.

So unless it will supply all energy needs 365 days a year, its not worth doing? Seems very simplistic to me (and that is without even looking at increased storage options which are being worked on to help on non-sunny days and at night).

Yeah, I always hated that argument against renewable energies. For something that's relatively inexpensive to build for smaller scales, and requires little maintenance to keep running, it gets a lot of bad press.

As long as they earn back their initial investment in energy savings over a reasonable time frame (for solar projects, it's usually within 5-10 years) then it's considered a good investment. You don't need 24-hour sunny days to accomplish that, but the days tend to be pretty long and plentiful in Florida, so I think they'll be fine.

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Screamlord said:

Another waste of money. Disney will have to buy some of thier power from the local power company from time to time. Just like SFGA they didn't take into account that it does rain in Florida alot.

If you're going to make those kinds of declarations, you should at least be familiar with the situation. Duke Energy is leasing the land and building the solar farm, and Disney is buying the energy output. It's essentially a no-risk, greener alternative for the park and everyone wins.


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