LEGOLAND Florida celebrated Earth Day on Friday with a new solar energy project.
The park in Winter Haven announced it was partnering with Tampa Electric to add a canopy of solar energy panels over the park’s preferred parking lot, next to the theme park entrance. Starting this spring, the panels would shade more than 600 vehicles while also producing enough electricity to power up to 250 homes each year.
Tampa Electric will own and maintain the solar array. The power generated from these panels is enough power for 725,000 customers and still enough for LEGOLAND Florida.
LEGOLAND Florida says the new solar energy project is part of several ongoing environmental initiatives at the park. A solar panel array is already installed at the park’s Imagination Zone venue.
The vehicles in the Ford Junior Driving School attraction are also charged with solar power.
Here are some more fun facts on how LEGOLAND Florida stays “green” throughout the year:
- Nearly 1 ton of LEGO brick has been collected for recycling. It’s then redistributed to manufacture new products.
- All 12 electric vehicles at the Ford Junior Driving School attraction are charged entirely with solar power.
- A 30-kilowatt solar panel array is mounted atop Imagination Zone, supporting Tampa Electric’s Renewable Energy program.
- Under the Citrus Connection Universal Access program, all Model Citizens who work here enjoy access to free bus rides, resulting in 22,581 fewer vehicle trips on area roads in 2015.
- LEGOLAND Hotel works with Clean the World to supply recycled hygiene products to those in need.