DAYTONA, FL | FNN News – Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood, III announced that, in partnership with Florida Power & Light Company, DIS is installing the FPL Solar Circuit—three large solar hubs throughout the Speedway as part of the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project. Today’s press conference unveiled the new FPL Solar Pavilion, a canopy-like structure that will not only provide clean power, but will also provide shade for racing fans. The other two mega-solar structures are the FPL Solar Patio, another canopy, and the FPL Solar Park. The trio, weighing in at 1.8 million pounds of steel, will collectively consist of 7,186 solar panels and provide 2.1 megawatts of zero-emissions energy, which equivalently provides power for 400 homes per year and 2,110 classrooms per year. FPL CEO Eric Silagy noted that the three structures will prevent approximately 2,200 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year, which is equivalent to an average car driving two million laps around the DIS, and he told FNN News that the FPL Solar Circuit will be ready in time for racing season.
“This is about promoting Florida, promoting Daytona…and finding ways to help Florida grow,” Silagy told FNN News. DIS President Joie Chitwood III added that this project will continue to help DAYTONA Rising diversify and better serve the fans. “It’s not just a sporting venue, we’re thinking about how to give back to the community, and we’re excited to partner with FP&L to make that happen.”
Willie David is Editor, photographer and videographer for Florida National News.