The Charlotte Motor Speedway sped up with solar this year during the 10 Days of Thunder from May 20 to May 23. This year it used 79 mobile solar devices to save more than 3,000 gallons of diesel.
The speedway has been home to movies including "Days of Thunder," "Speedway," "Stroker Ace" and "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Rickey Bobby.” It’s also home to NASCAR and NHRA races and other events.
This year it’s using 79 mobile solar products from DC Solar. They include 60 solar light towers, 10 solar generators, four solar personal device charging stations and five solar electric vehicle charging stations, according to the speedway. It’s the largest use of mobile solar technology at a NASCAR event.
DC Power’s mobile devices use the power of solar panels and batteries to provide power when needed and where needed. Such devices are used in disaster recovery and crisis situations providing power as and when needed.
“As both the CEO of a green energy company and a lifetime NASCAR fan, I am proud to support the efforts being undertaken at Charlotte Motor Speedway to incorporate clean and sustainable energy into their operations,” said DC Solar CEO Jeff Carpoff. “Our mobile solar products are a perfect fit for this environment, and watching the sport embrace green energy will help insure it remains a strong and vital institution for years to come.”
“Given the 2,000 acres that encompass Charlotte Motor Speedway, it is a must that we promote environmentally sound forms of energy storage,” Charlotte Motor Speedway Director of Operations Shaun Johnson said. “This partnership with DC Solar allows us to satisfy our fans’ needs, and it helps us benefit the environment as well.”
While it’s an impressive use of mobile solar power the speedway is second in terms of solar power to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That track completed the installation of a 9 megawatt solar array in 2014. That’s currently the largest solar array at a sporting venue in the U.S.Tweet