Daytona International Speedway (DIS) and Florida Power & Light (FPL) on Nov. 12 showcased construction progress related to FPL’s new Solar Pavilion, one of three new structures that make up the FPL Solar Circuit at the “World Center of Racing” in Florida.
The commercial-scale distributed solar power installation at DIS complements the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project. The FPL Solar Pavilion and FPL Solar Patio, both of which are canopy-like structures that will offer shade for race fans, and FPL Solar Park collectively consist of more than 7,000 solar panels generating 2.1 MW. The three solar structures will be located in the Midway, Sprint FANZONE and Lot 10 parking area.
“We’re thrilled to see the new solar structures taking shape,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “These areas represent our commitment to providing a better fan experience as well as leveraging innovative ways to modernize our venue.”
“As an avid race fan myself, it’s an honor to be part of the extraordinary redevelopment of one of Florida’s most iconic sites and tourist destinations,” said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of Florida Power & Light. “The thousands of solar panels we’re installing here will provide zero-emissions electricity for our customers and the Speedway’s operations, helping power races that are viewed around the world.”
Upon completion of the installation in January 2016, DIS will become one of the top five U.S. professional sports venues in terms of solar energy capacity. The FPL Solar Circuit at Daytona International Speedway is one of several FPL solar projects that will add 225 MW of new solar energy by the end of 2016, cost-effectively tripling FPL’s solar capacity.
Florida Power & Light is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving about 4.8 million customer accounts across nearly half of Florida. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE). NextEra Energy is also the parent of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun.
DAYTONA Rising is a $400 million reimagining of the Daytona International Speedway. Five expanded and redesigned entrances, or “injectors,” will lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse levels. At the conclusion of the redevelopment, Daytona International Speedway will have approximately 101,500 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concession stands.