Duke announces plans for Disney-inspired solar park

Duke Energy developers will be whistling while they work this summer as construction begins on a Disney-inspired solar park located near to the famous Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, U.S.

The North Carolina-based utility and clean energy provider has announced plans for a 5 MW PV installation that will be "arranged in the shape of a Disney-inspired design", according to a company statement.

Although further details were not disclosed, pv magazine’s money is on the 48,000 solar panels required for the plant to be arranged in the shape of the iconic Mickey Mouse silhouette.

The plant will be located specifically in an area called Reedy Creek, and the local Reedy Creek Improvement District has already signed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the installation, which is to be a 20-acre array and operational before the year is out.

"Our new solar facility agreement is another example of how we’re always looking at innovative ways to conserve our natural resources," said Reedy Creek Improvement District administrator Bill Warren. "The use of solar energy builds on our commitment to protect the environment and is another step toward realizing our long-term sustainability goals."