Paul Brinkmann, Orlando Sentinel
Disney World will soon be connected to a new solar farm along State Road 429, 10 times larger than the existing Hidden Mickey solar farm near Epcot.
Reedy Creek Improvement District signed an agreement and easement with Miami-based Origis Energy to build the facility, near ponds that are just east of the toll beltway and just west of Disney’s Magnolia and Palm golf courses.
The facility will provide renewable solar power to the Reedy Creek Improvement District, and ultimately to Disney World. The complex will sprawl across 270 acres on the western edge of Disney’s property with 518,000 solar-panel modules. It’s expected to create up to 300 jobs during construction, which is anticipated to start by late spring and be completed by year’s end.