Disneyland Paris has announced the phased development of what will be one of the largest solar canopy plants in Europe.
The project will be executed through a co-investment with French company Urbasolar and the plant at Disneyland Paris will encompass 17 hectares (42 acres) of solar canopies, using 67,500 panels for the production of 31GWh/year.
Located at the resort’s main guest parking lot, the project aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the Val d’Europe local area by approximatively 750 tonnes of CO2 per year, while providing additional guest enhancements, including shade and shelter.
Construction began in July and is expected to be completed in 2023, with a first milestone for the first phase in spring 2021.
“Environmental innovation and stewardship are a tradition that began with Walt Disney himself, and this ambitious solar power project is the latest in our commitment to the environment at Disneyland Paris,” said Natacha Rafalski, president of Disneyland Paris.
“It is our responsibility as a business and leading tourist destination to contribute to the long-term sustainability of our resort and the region through environmentally responsible practices.”
Once the full project is completed, a section of it will light up at night in the shape of a Mickey Mouse head, visible from the sky.
“This power plant is an unprecedent project in Europe from a major company like Disneyland Paris,” said Stéphanie Andrieu, CEO of Urbasolar, and Arnaud Mine, president of Urbasolar.
“It will be a fully tailor-made project, integrated into Urbasolar’s strategy of innovation on system monitoring and on-site energy management. We are thrilled to be part of this project.”
The project will also contribute to Disneyland Paris’ environmental strategy to decarbonise its energy supply.
The initiative is part of the efforts put in place by the company in six focus areas of the environment: reducing GHG emissions; moving toward sustainable waste management; preserving water resources; developing a responsible supply chain; preserving and fostering biodiversity and supporting global actions to preserve the environment for future generations.