In honor of Earth Day, LEGOLAND Florida just become the first theme park in the U.S. to be completely powered by renewable solar energy. The 150-acre theme park teamed up with Tampa Electric to go off the electric grid for the entire day – an eco-friendly action that’s equivalent to removing three cars from the road for one year or planting six acres of trees. After Earth Day, LEGOLAND Florida will use renewable energy to permanently power the Imagination Zone, a section of the park that showcases seven of the most visually impressive LEGO models in the world.
Although we wish LEGOLAND Florida were powered by solar energy every day of the year, we’re heartened to see the theme park invest in these first steps. With a history in conservation, LEGOLAND Florida has established itself as an environmentally friendly leader in U.S. theme parks. Since opening in 2011, the park has actively embraced recycling, from encouraging guests to recycle to outfitting the park with furniture made entirely out of recyclable materials.
To celebrate Earth Day and the new partnership between LEGOLAND Florida and Tampa Electric, a 30-kilowatt solar panel array was installed atop the park’s Imagination Zone to power the attraction venue with renewable energy all year. Starting in June, an interactive 6-foot LEGO Earth model will be placed outside the Imagination Zone to educate visitors about solar technologies. Other educational displays such as renewable energy-powered LEGO mini model communities will also be placed inside the park.