June 12, 2011 by staff
Pocono Raceway, When it comes to going green and being environmentally conscious, Pocono Raceway has been leading the way. In August, track solar farm of 25 hectares was activated. So far, the farm has generated 2,774,100 hours of kilowatts. The total energy is equal to that of nearly 16,000 60-watt bulbs used eight hours a day for a year and saved about 225 thousand gallons of gasoline.
All of the electricity used this weekend at Pocono for the 5-hour Energy 500 comes from the solar farm is still plenty enough to feed almost 1,000 homes.
“It was unbelievable,” said Pocono Raceway President Brandon Igdalsky. “It is so good to see him up and reap the benefits. Every drop of energy we are using here is building across the street.”
For his efforts, Pocono Raceway has received numerous awards including the 2011 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence presented by the Department of Environmental Protection Pennsylvania.
“The recognition and attention it has gotten has been phenomenal, both sports fans and nonfans,” said Igdalsky. “It is the largest renewable energy project at a stadium in the world and is in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. No Philadelphia. No Chicago. There Angeles or San Francisco. No Pond Tokyo or Hong Kong. Long, Pennsylvania. It’s great.
“Its 25 acres are used for good.”
NASCAR Pocono also involved in Clean Air Tree Planting Program. Ten trees are planted for every green flag during the August race at Pocono. In April, track officials planted trees last year booked during the Pennsylvania 500 in Tobyhanna Elementary Center and Clymer Library in Pocono Pines.
“We are very proud of the work that the family Mattioli and Pocono Raceway have done,” said Mike Lynch, CEO of Green Innovation NASCAR, in a telephone interview. “It was a big statement, in bold, in the name of sport. Weeks Pocono race is always big week Verde NASCAR race because of the steps they took great leadership.”
Igdalsky said it has been rewarding to give back to the community in this way.
“It’s the right time in the world so we can be doing this sort of thing,” said Igdalsky. “If we can bring people, guide people, to show people how to do things right, we’re happy to do it.”
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