Renewable Energy

Mickey-shaped solar farm near Orlando?


Duke Energy's 5-megawatt solar facility near Orlando, Florida, appears to have taken shape in the form of Disney's iconic Mickey Mouse character.

The image of the solar farm first surfaced late last week on Reddit.

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The project, which was announced in May 2015, occupies approximately 20 acres near World Drive and Epcot Center Drive at Walt Disney World Resort. Its 48,000 solar panels were to be arranged in the shape of a Disney-inspired design, Duke Energy said when announcing the facility.

The facility is in the Reedy Creek Improvement District, which according to a story on the project in the Orlando Sentinel when it was announced, is a Disney-controlled taxing district.

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In June 2015, Duke Energy Florida announced it would build up to 500 megawatts of solar by 2024 as part of a multiyear plan.

Duke Energy told CNBC that the solar farm construction near Orlando is "almost finished," adding that it has not released official photos of the site.