9-MW solar facility opens at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Football stadiums and casino resorts are not the only entertainment venues experimenting with solar power these days.

The famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), the 2.5-mile oval that serves as home of the famed Indianapolis 500, has dedicated a new 9-MW solar power facility.

The IMS Solar Farm is the largest solar farm at any sporting facility in the world and features a total of 39,312 solar modules that generate 9 MW of power, which is equal to offsetting 10,288 tons of carbon annually.

SunWize Technologies, of San Jose, Calif., and Phoenix-based Blue Renewable Energy, co-developed the project. Blue Renewable Energy entered into a land-lease agreement with IMS to build the system on the property. The system was designed, engineered and installed by SunWize Technologies.

Clenera and Swinerton Builders finalized the engineering and constructed the project on behalf of Centaurus Renewable Energy. Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL), an AES (NYSE:AES) is the system off-taker under the terms of a power purchase agreement and will own the Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) produced by the solar power system.

“Today, IMS is honored to be part of a partnership with IPL, SunWize and Blue Renewable Energy where innovation and technology are coming together to bring diversification of generation resources to this community,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “The unused land at the IMS property just east of the race track has been transformed into a solar energy production facility that will provide an alternative source of energy to IPL customers.”

IMS used a 68-acre portion of its 1,000 acre campus that was under-utilized and without a specific development plan.

Indiana has a clean energy target of 10% by 2025.

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