What is Pocono Raceway Green?
Pocono Raceway has become one of the most environmentally conscious tracks in NASCAR and the entire sports world. These steps will benefit the local environment, keeping it cleaner and making it more attractive for the year-round community and the thousands of fans who come together for our events every year. The main attributes to Pocono Raceway Green are:
Pocono Solar Project
In August of 2010 the 3MW Pocono Solar Project came online after just 3 months of construction. Consisting of nearly 40,000 American made photovoltaic modules covering 25 acres, the project has produced over 18 Million Kilowatt hours to date and was originally projected to produce more than 72 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy over the first 20 years. The environmental attributes associated with the system will offset more than 2,300 Metric Tons of carbon dioxide annually, Carbon Dioxide emissions from 106,529 propane BBQ grills and it will generate enough power to provide the electricity needs for close to 300 homes beyond the power needs of the Raceway. Pocono Raceway is able to run 100% of the facility with the power produced as well as offset all the additional power needs required by NASCAR during an event. During the summer months, the Raceway employees approximately 50 sheep to help keep the grass cut within the confines of the solar project. Pocono Solar Project Real Time Data
To further assist the track’s recycling efforts , Coca-Cola and Anheuser-Busch have also contributed recycling bins to the track in hopes of reducing the amount of recyclables that are being thrown in the trash. All Pocono Recycling is done through Waste Management’s Single-Stream recycling system.
NASCAR Clean Air Tree Planting Program
As part of the program, 10 trees will be planted for every green flag that drops during future NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events. This will help reduce the carbon footprint of the sport and bring conservation awareness to NASCAR fans.
From a solar farm, to grazing sheep, to recycling and upcoming composting programs, Pocono Raceway is helping lead the charge to make NASCAR as environmentally responsible and sustainable as possible.
Pocono Raceway joined the NASCAR Green Tree Planting Intiative in 2013 by donating 8,000 seedlings to the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA.
The Pocono Raceway Solar Project has been recognized as the winner of the 2011 Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards, Readers Choice Award.
Today, less than four months since energy production began at Pocono Raceway’s solar farm, the total amount of electricity produced by the 25 acre facility reached the 1,000,000 kilowatt hour (kWh) mark.
In preparation for the 2011 season and as part of its long-term commitment to “going green,” the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) announced a major long-term partnership with American Ethanol led by ethanol advocacy group Growth Energy.
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) today announced it will race with E15 fuel in its three national touring series in 2011.
In recent weeks, Pocono Raceway was the recipient of three awards for its 25 acre, three megawatt solar installation that was dedicated on July 30, 2010.