Fun with the Sun: LEGOLAND Florida Goes Solar

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LEGOLAND Florida installs a solar array to power a section of the park, after going 100% renewable for Earth Day. The theme park also includes installations to educate guests about solar energy.

Think of LEGOLAND Florida, the largest LEGOLAND Park in the world, and the word “amusement” is likely to enter your mind. You probably think of it as a place for the whole family to have a whole lot of fun.

Now, you can think of the theme park as more than just that. Now, it’s also a place to learn about solar power, and to see it at work.

 

For Earth Day this week, LEGOLAND Florida and Tampa Electric kicked off a groundbreaking partnership by making the 150-acre theme park run completely on renewable energy for the day. This marks the first time a theme park has gone 100% renewable in the United States.

 

Although going 100% renewable won’t continue after Earth Day, LEGOLAND Florida will permanently power a section of the park on renewable energy. And the park will include installations to educate park guests about solar energy.

 

“This is a historic day for LEGOLAND Florida,” said LEGOLAND Florida General Manager Adrian Jones in a statement on Earth Day. “With our new partnership with Tampa Electric, we will give guests a whole new way to learn about renewable energy while also doing something that no other theme park in the U.S. has done before.”

 

As part of the partnership, a 30 kW solar array was mounted atop the Imagination Zone attraction venue. Funded by Tampa Electric, the system supports Tampa Electric’s Renewable Energy program, which lets the company’s customers purchase a portion of their electricity from renewable sources.

 

“This is a partnership built on doing the right thing for the environment,” said Bruce Narzissenfeld, vice president of Marketing, Customer Service, Business Development and Fuel Operations for Tampa Electric. “Together, we’ll teach the next generation about the benefits of investing in renewable fuels like the sun to produce electricity.”