Visitors to the Florida resort will soon have some shady parking spots as Legoland: Florida builds covered parking but these spots provide more than just shade.
Starting in spring, Tampa Electric will install solar panels over the preferred parking lot spaces, once operational these spaces will provide enough energy to power 250 homes annually and saving energy from your car not needing to run the a/c as much after sitting in the shade!
This solar energy project is one of several initiatives ongoing at the park as part of the Green Wave Committee established to coordinate efforts across multiple departments.
Below are some of those recent efforts:
- Nearly 1 ton of LEGO® brick has been collected on site for recycling. After melting or grinding the toys down to their core material, the plastic is then redistributed to manufacture new products.
- In the theme park, the 12 electric vehicles at the Ford Junior Driving School attraction are charged entirely with solar power, letting kids take the wheel for a quiet, energy-efficient circuit around a mock road.
- A 30-kilowatt solar panel array is mounted atop the park’s Imagination Zone venue. The system supports Tampa Electric’s Renewable Energy program, which lets the company’s customers purchase a portion of their electricity from renewable sources.
- Resort guests driving electric or hybrid vehicles can now take advantage of a two-car charging station recently installed in front of LEGOLAND Hotel.
- Under the Citrus Connection Universal Access program, all Model Citizens employed at LEGOLAND Florida Resort can enjoy unlimited, seven-day-a-week rides on the transit agency’s bus routes throughout Polk County, resulting in 22,581 fewer vehicle trips on area roads in 2015.
- During its first several months of operation in 2015, LEGOLAND Hotel distributed 384 bars of soap to Clean the World. The Florida nonprofit delivers recycled hygiene products donated by the hospitality industry to domestic homeless shelters and developing countries suffering from high death rates due to acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease.
Efforts like these last year allowed the park to save:
- 48,406.80 kilowatt-hours of energy and an estimated 5,700 gallons of oil by recycling cardboard. That’s enough oil to fill the giant Joker Soaker bucket in LEGOLAND Water Park more than 19 times!
- 102,500 kwh of energy, 425 trees and 175,000 gallons of water by recycling paper. That’s more than half the water in Build-a-Raft River at LEGOLAND Water Park! How’s that for refreshing?
- 363.74 kwh of energy by recycling steel.
- more than 1,000 cubic yards of landfill space by recycling cardboard, paper and steel.