Though it’s not widely known, NASCAR is one of the greenest sports today. Through its NASCAR Green initiative the sport has planted thousands of trees and helped install solar power at Daytona, Indy, Michigan, Pocono and Sonoma as well as for teams Roush Fenway Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports. Today it has taken yet another step forward towards sustainability in announcing SunEdison, the world’s largest renewable energy development company as the sport’s official solar energy partner.
Garnering praise all the way from the White House, the new partnership is on a three year track to continue educating fans on the benefits of solar power for cost effective electricity and combating climate change. The partnership will also ramp up installations at yet more tracks and NASCAR team facilities across the country.
Solar power is a proven and reliable form of renewable energy and the technology is already making a significant impact throughout our industry. Our strategic partnership with SunEdison will help NASCAR further reduce the sport’s environmental impact and help continue to educate our fans on renewable energy.
– Steve Phelps, NASCAR chief marketing officer
Started in 2008, NASCAR Green is the sport’s sustainability division, which constantly seeks out ways to lessen its environmental impact and further benefit the communities the sport visits not only economically, but environmentally as well. It’s main projects to date have been a 3 Megawatt solar farm at Pocono Raceway and a huge, 9 Megawatt solar farm at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Image: Pocono Raceway