Operating
December 2018
Orange County, FL

Citrus Ridge Solar

A 50 MWac solar facility by Origis Energy brought online in 2018 to help power Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Solar capacity
52mw
homes powered
10K
co2 emissions Avoided
51K MT
Project Overview

Citrus Ridge Solar Generates Enough Renewable Clean Energy to Operate Two of Disney’s Four Theme Parks in Central Florida Annually

“This facility is expected to generate enough renewable clean energy to operate two of Disney’s four theme parks in Central Florida annually, all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50,000 tons per year. That’s equivalent to removing about 10,000 automobiles from the roads annually.

At the same time, the solar facility is providing an important habitat for native wildlife in Central Florida. A team of Disney environmental and horticulture experts collaborated to help make more than two-thirds of the facility pollinator friendly, with the goal of creating a nurturing and welcoming habitat for butterflies, bees and other insects, including endangered and at-risk species. This team is also managing and monitoring an experimental test garden at the facility. This research will help determine the ideal combination of native plants and soil for pollinators.

The effort to safeguard endangered pollinators aligns with the Disney Conservation Fund’s ongoing focus on saving wildlife, including butterflies.

Source: Disney Parks Blog

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Approximately half a million solar panels installed

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Facility powers two of the four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort

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Disney was awarded EPRI & North American Pollinator Protection Campaign’s Pollinator Electric Power Award

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Facility powers two of the four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort

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$10,000 one-time donation by Origis Energy to Give Kids The World Village

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Disney was awarded EPRI & North American Pollinator Protection Campaign’s Pollinator Electric Power Award

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Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50,000 tons per year

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$10,000 one-time donation by Origis Energy to Give Kids The World Village

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Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50,000 tons per year

ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTION

A one-time donation of $10,000 from Origis Energy was granted to Give Kids The World Village as a result of the Citrus Ridge Solar project. Give Kids The World Village is an 89-acre, nonprofit resort built exclusively to serve critically-ill children and their families. Children visiting Central Florida on their “wish trips,” stay with their families at Give Kids The World’s storybook Village for week-long, dream vacations. Give Kids The World provides meals, transportation, nightly entertainment, and complimentary passes to Orlando’s world-famous theme parks and other attractions. There is never any charge to visiting families, and no child is ever turned away. Since 1986, Give Kids The World Village has served more than 176,000 children and families from all 50 states and more than 75 countries. GKTW is four-star rated by Charity Navigator, with more than 92 cents of every dollar it spends going to program services.

ENERGY IMPORTANCE

The 270-acre, 50-megawatt solar facility, Citrus Ridge Solar, generates enough renewable clean energy to operate two of Disney’s four theme parks in Central Florida annually, all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50,000 tons per year. That’s equivalent to removing about 10,000 automobiles from the roads annually.

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