ABOUT Pocono Raceway Green
Pocono Raceway takes pride in being one of the most environmentally conscious tracks in NASCAR and the entire sports industry. We are committed to doing our part in protecting our planet and preserving its natural resources.
We installed a solar farm on our property in 2010, which generates clean energy to power our facilities. In addition, we have implemented recycling programs throughout the track to reduce waste and promote sustainability. We also work closely with our partners and sponsors to promote eco-friendly practices and raise awareness about environmental issues. By using our platform to educate and inspire, we hope to encourage our fans and the wider community to join us in taking action to protect our planet.
We invite everyone to join us in celebrating and protecting our beautiful planet. Let’s all take small steps towards reducing our carbon footprint and preserving the natural world for future generations.
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. Learn more about our efforts below.
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 47 Million Kilowatt hours as of May 2023 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.
What does 47 million kWh mean?
- It is the equivalent of 1,530,142 BBQ propane cylinders
- It is the equivalent of 3,747,955 gallons of gasoline
- It is the equivalent of 4,051,682,563 smartphones being charged
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 J.P. Mascaro & Sons.
Click here to see the Pocono Raceway Sustainability Report.
Pocono Raceway’s solar farm celebrated 10 years of producing clean and renewable solar energy on Tuesday, August 25, 2020.
The 35 million kilowatt hours by the Raceway’s solar farm equals the offset of over 1 million propane cylinders or 2.8 million gallons of gasoline, as well as the amount of carbon dioxide taken in by over 629,600 trees. Read More.
Pocono Raceway is proud to share their green initiative successes and share their future outlook. ‘The Tricky Triangle’s’ green initiatives began in 2010 with the creation of their three-megawatt solar farm and sustainability continues to be one of the core values which drives the Raceway and their staff.
Pocono Raceway today announces a multi-year partnership with J. P. Mascaro & Sons under which the June 2 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at ‘The Tricky Triangle’ has been renamed the Pocono Green 250 Recycled by J. P. Mascaro & Sons. Also, as part of this partnership, J.P. Mascaro & Sons will serve as at the ‘Official Waste Services and Recycling Provider of Pocono Raceway.’
Few Americans would make a ready link between environmental sustainability and auto racing, but NASCAR is serious about it. Consider Pocono’s “Tricky Triangle.” It’s the first major American venue to run entirely on solar — the solar farm that powers it sits next to the track.
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.