Pocono Raceway Claims Largest Solar-Powered Sports Stadium

EnvironmentalLeader This article, posted today on Environmental Leader (www.environmentalleader.com), outlines NASCAR's plans to create a 25-acre solar installation that should produce 72 million kilowatts of energy over the next 20 years. This may seem like an unlikely move for NASCAR but according to a recent survey, three out of four NASCAR fans believe that everyone has a personal obligation to be
environmentally responsible, compared to 75 percent of the overall U.S.
population. Sixty-five percent say companies should help consumers
become more environmentally responsible compared to 64 percent of the
overall U.S. population. And, the survey also finds that more than 80 percent of NASCAR fan
households recycle, up 12 percent over the past five years, and about 40
percent of NASCAR fan households use energy-efficient light bulbs.



Posted August 2, 2010

By, Environmental Leader

NASCAR’s Pocono Raceway in
Long Pond, Pa., is powering up it 3-megawatt (MW) ground-mount solar
energy system. The 25-acre solar installation consists of nearly 40,000
photovoltaic modules that will produce more than 72 million kilowatt
hours (kWh) of energy over the next 20 years.

The solar power system will provide the primary source of electricity
for the racetrack, while adding power to the local power grid. It will
offset more than 3,100 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually and will
generate enough power to provide the electricity needs for more than
1,000 homes beyond the power requirements of the raceway.

The Pocono Raceway Solar Project, developed by enXco, is owned by Pocono Raceway, host
of two annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series summer events. The installation,
adjacent to the 2.5-mile race track, “is so large it’s visible from
outer space,” says the raceway.

According to the most recent independent research conducted by
Experian Simmons National Consumer Survey, three out of four NASCAR fans
(77 percent) believe that everyone has a personal obligation to be
environmentally responsible, compared to 75 percent of the overall U.S.
population. Sixty-five percent say companies should help consumers
become more environmentally responsible compared to 64 percent of the
overall U.S. population.

The survey also finds that more than 80 percent of NASCAR fan
households recycle, up 12 percent over the past five years, and about 40
percent of NASCAR fan households use energy-efficient light bulbs, more
than double the amount five years ago.

Other ‘green’ arena projects in Pennsylvania include the Consol
Energy Center, the new home of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The new arena sports
energy-savings and water efficiency measure
s, and is trying to earn
the U.S. Green Building Council’s Gold LEED certification, reports the
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Jason Carmello, an architect with Populous, the Kansas City, Mo.,
firm that designed the Consol Energy Center, told the newspaper that the
arena “will be among the most, if not the most, environmentally
friendly arenas in the nation.”

During construction, contractors diverted 93.7 percent of the arena’s
waste from landfills. They also used recycled building materials,
sustainably harvested and processed wood, and materials that reflect
rather than absorb sunlight to reduce heat absorption, according to the
article.

Eighty percent of North American professional sports teams plan
to increase their environmental sustainability programs
, according
to a survey of more than 50 pro teams by ProGreenSports.

No Responses to “Pocono Raceway Claims Largest Solar-Powered Sports Stadium”

  1. Solar Power is the most environmental friendly source of energy. Amazing post. please more updates.

  2. Every time I read something about solar power, I am amazed by how little we use nature’s gifts – wind, sun, water etc. I’m glad to read that more is being done to save our planet, and I think combining sports with saving our planet is perfect. Thanks for the post!

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