This blog was written by Jennifer Rennicks, former Senior Director of Policy & Communications at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.Guest Blog | November 21, 2018
And it isn’t only Disney magic in the Sunshine State that’s powered by solar: at the flagship Disneyland Resort in California, 1,400 solar panels on top of the Radiator Springs Racers ride generates enough to power more than 100 Anaheim homes. Moreover, Disneyland Tokyo’s electrical parade light show gets its glow from 600 kilowatts of rooftop solar panels.
Disney is going beyond simply solar by utilizing a combined heating-cooling plant that converts waste heat into energy at the Shanghai Resort; tapping geothermal energy at Disneyland Paris to power two of its theme parks and a hotel; and investing in clean transportation ( I learned that Disney World guest shuttles run on a bio-diesel blend made from used cooking oil when I visited back in 2016.)
These initiatives place Disney firmly in the ranks of global, corporate brands such as Google, Facebook and Nike who embrace renewable energy not only as a way to save money, but also to position their brand as a market leader in sustainability.
For those among us who enjoy a stomach-dropping roller coaster or just mingling with The Mouse, Disney gets props for using its corporate buying power to expand renewable energy and make the magic a little more eco-friendly.