Friday, August 6, 2010

Pocono Raceway Activates World's Largest Solar-Powered Sports Facility

As the country begins to aggressively seek alternative energy sources, a significant new solar energy project is ready to flip the switch in what might be considered an unlikely place - a NASCAR racetrack in Long Pond, PA.

Yet, considering the major sustainability programs being initiated throughout the NASCAR industry, the 3 megawatt ground-mount photovoltaic solar energy system at Pocono Raceway is completely in step with a sport taking major strides to preserve the environment.

The 25-acre solar installation, located adjacent to the 2.5-mile race track, is so large it's visible from outer space. With its 40,000 photovoltaic modules drawing energy from the sun, it will become the primary electric energy source for the race track while adding electricity to the local power grid.