Solar farm in Florida takes shape of Disney’s iconic Mickey Mouse
If you build it, they will come.
Duke Energy is putting the finishing touches on a new “Disney-inspired” 5-megawatt, 48,000-panel solar farm in Florida that will serve as the power provider for Walt Disney World Resort. Located in the Reedy Creek Improvement District near Orlando, the 20-acre solar farm is, of course, in the form of three circles that symbolize the iconic Mickey Mouse character.
While images of the project, which was announced in May 2015, have not been officially released, a recent photo of the solar farm surfaced last week on Reddit. According to Duke Energy, the solar farm near Epcot is expected to be finished in the spring 2016.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.