Mickey Mouse-shaped solar facility unveiled at Disney World

The Associated Press

It's only fitting that solar panels that will help with the power needs of Walt Disney World are shaped like the famous ears of the mouse that started the Disney enterprise.

Disney World's new solar farm is off World Drive near the ramp to Epcot Center, but the iconic Mickey Mouse ears are better discernible from the air. (Screen from Walt Disney World Video)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — It's only fitting that solar panels that will help with the power needs of Walt Disney World are shaped like the famous ears of the mouse that started the Disney enterprise.

Officials with Disney World, Duke Energy and Disney's private government on Tuesday flipped on the switch to a Mickey Mouse-shaped solar facility located on 22 acres near the Epcot theme park.

The facility is made up of 48,000 solar panels and is operated by Duke Energy.

Duke Energy will sell the energy to Disney's private government, Reedy Creek Improvement District.

The energy will be used to power hotels along Hotel Plaza Boulevard, as well as the Four Seasons Resort.

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