We have some updated aerial imagery from our friends at Nearmap that highlights the massive solar farm that’s been quietly constructed on the west side of Walt Disney World property.
We first heard about the solar farm back in April. The massive 270-acre, 50-megawatt solar facility has the potential to power two theme parks and up to a whopping 25% of all of Walt Disney World Resort’s energy needs during peak sunlight hours.
The facility is located along state road 429, near Western Way and minutes away from Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Here’s a look at the massive footprint from the air thanks to our friends at Nearmap.
Here’s a comparison shot of the footprint of the new solar farm from before it was developed and the most recent aerial photos from Nearmap.
Disney said that the first panel was installed back in mid-October and that the facility will be completed by the end of the year. For those who have driven by the facility on state road 429, its been fun to watch how quickly the installation of the 500,000 panels has progressed.
Of course, while the above solar farm is going to be the workhorse of the resort, the most talked about has been the Hidden Mickey solar farm near Epcot.