The famous Daytona International Speedway in Florida is home to more than 7,000 solar panels, creating energy for the community and an educational opportunity for people to learn about clean, solar power.
Solar power at the racetrack
The famous Daytona International Speedway in Florida is home to more than 7,000 solar panels, creating energy for the community and an educational opportunity for people to learn about clean solar power.
Here's the story.
Say 'Auto racing,' and several things come to mind -- loud engines, fast cars, big crowds.
'Renewable energy,' on the other hand, is not a term usually associated with the sport.
But at the Daytona International Speedway, home of the iconic Daytona 500 NASCAR Race, a recent renovation included an innovative installation.
Behind us is the Solar Pavilion.
It'll make us the fifth-largest solar panel install among sport stadiums across the country.
7,000 solar panels here at the pavilion, inside the track, and then on the back of the track, as well.
This is enough power for about 400 homes.
Solar power has a bright future.
No pun intended.
Technology has gotten better.
The prices have come down.
This produces no emissions, uses no water.
It's a terrific technology to have as part of a portfolio.
This will serve the track very well during the day when the track is operating.
And the rest of the time during the year, when the track is not in full operations and stands aren't packed, this will go in and actually serve all of FPL's customers' homes and businesses and help them with being efficient and affordable.
Besides generating clean energy, the installation will also serve other purposes.
For one, it gives the speedway a chance to show another side of racing.
When people think about motorsports, they think about gasoline and they think about all those elements.
But for us to have actually solar power on the property, I think that's just another commitment that we're trying to do things a little bit different than in years past.
It also presents an opportunity to educate fans.
What's unique about this is that we've actually put the solar panel pavilion in a place that's really is accessible to our fans.
There's going to be educational material below the solar panels in the pavilion.
And we're going to take the opportunity to give people more information about what are the benefits of solar power and what are the challenges, 'cause it's important to know the pros, the cons, what works, what doesn't work.
These solar panels will provide clean electricity for years to come.
And hopefully, this installation will be generating an even more valuable commodity in future years.
We now have an opportunity here to reach out and touch fans and, really, the children that come with them.
This is such a family-friendly sport, and to have an opportunity for kids to come in here, to see how solar works, to learn about it...
Car number 2 takes the lead.
Hopefully, it'll spark their imagination.
They'll see why it's important to get a great education, to focus on STEM, and to make sure they get mathematics, engineering, you know, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, to study those hard, and then they can go out and, frankly, change the world, make a difference day in and day out.