Racing fans at the Long Pond, Pennsylvania, Pocono Raceway were treated to a special sight this past weekend as a 3MW solar energy system, large enough to supposedly be seen from space, was unveiled. Located on land that was previously used for race fan parking, the 25-acre installation is adjacent to the track and will not only be the primary energy source for the racetrack, but add electricity to the local power grid as well.
“This is an important milestone for Pocono Raceway and our sport,” said Brandon Igdalsky, president of Pocono Raceway. “Pocono Raceway strongly believes in the NASCAR industry’s commitment to operate in a more environmentally responsible way and is proud to be the first race track to power our sport with clean, renewable sunlight as the world’s largest solar-powered sports facility. This solar power system, built with timber, steel and solar panels made in the U.S., satisfies all our Raceway’s energy needs, while helping to power local homes. This project demonstrates real sustainability and proves that any business that truly wants to go green can do it.”
The Raceway project was developed by enXco and is owned by Pocono Raceway, which hosts two annual NASCAR Spring Cup Series summer events. Over 40,000 unnamed PV modules were used in the installation, which is expected to generate 72 million kWh of energy over the next two decades.