Theme park operator Disneyland Paris has revealed that it is considering building a massive solar power plant which would supply 15% of the electricity at its sprawling site on the outskirts of Paris.
It follows the recent opening of a similar facility at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. According to a report in the New York Times, it is expected to generate enough renewable energy to power two of the four theme parks there. In contrast, Disneyland Paris only has two parks – its eponymous flagship and the movie-themed Walt Disney Studios. However, that’s just the start.
The documents reveal that Disneyland Paris has “initiated the steps to develop a park of photovoltaic panels on the visitor parking to generate 33 Gigawatt hours (Gwh) per year representing around 15% of the electrical energy currently consumed. This project is however subject to the agreement of the Regulation Energy Commission.”
The plan to build a solar power plant at Disneyland Paris has been on the drawing board for a long time. We first revealed it in British newspaper The Independent in 2010 and the details haven’t changed much since then.
Disneyland Paris’ management was initially considering covering its main car park with canopies which would be coated in solar cells and would also collect rainwater. This would reduce water consumption whilst the solar energy would be used on-site or sold back into the grid.
The current plan purely focuses on solar power and seems to stand a better chance of proceeding than before. The resort now has even more of an emphasis on the development of clean energy and the solar power project is fully aligned with this commitment to sustainability.