Solar field at Pocono – Click above to watch video after the jump
NASCAR and modern technology are generally not terms that go well together. However, one of the venerable tracks on the NASCAR circuit is Pocono International Raceway in Pennsylvania and it has just gone green in a big way. We first heard a year ago that track operators Brandon Igdalsky and John "Doc" Mattioli were planning to install a solar farm at the track to provide electricity.
The 25-acre solar plant opened last week in a nearby disused parking lot to provide all of the track's electrical needs, which are quite extensive during race weekends. The $16-million facility consists of 39,690 photovoltaic panels and will ultimately have enough capacity to produce 3.6-3.8 million kilowatt-hours a year. The Pocono solar plant is the largest in Pennsylvania and the 10th largest in the United States. Since racing doesn't happen all the time, as much as two-thirds of field's output will be fed back into the grid. Check out the video after the jump.