The World's #1 Renewable Energy Network for News, Information, and Companies.
Untitled Document

Start Your Engines: Solar Power Hits the Speedway

Last week the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indianapolis 500, unveiled its 9-MW solar farm, making it the largest solar plant at any sporting facility in the world.

An aerial view of the 9-MW Indianapolis Motor Speedway solar pv farm.

Joining the ranks of other stadiums that sport solar, such as several FIFA World Cup soccer venues in Brazil and a range of U.S. football stadiums, the speedway features more than 39,300 PV modules on a previously underutilized 68-acre portion of its campus located near the backstretch of the race track.

“In 1909, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was constructed in part to help advance the automotive industry, which at that time was the new technology of the day,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “Today…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.”

In partnership with Blue Renewable Energy, California-based Sunwize Technologies designed, engineered and installed the system. It will not only provide power for the sporting facility, but excess power will be fed back to the grid through a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Indianapolis Power and Light Company (IPL), which will own all Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) produced by the system. 

Though Indiana is not typically noted for its solar progress, it is worth noting that Indianapolis also became home to North America's largest airport solar installation earlier this year — a 12.5-MW PV plant at the Indianapolis International Airport. 

“The new IMS solar farm,” said Ken Zagzebski, President of AES’ U.S. Strategic Business Unit, parent company of IPL, “will be a constant reminder to those who visit the largest spectator sporting facility in the world of the creative solutions taking place here in Indianapolis to increase sustainability.”

Click here for an infographic detailing statistics about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway solar project. 

In 2011, the 3-MW Pocono Solar Raceway won the Readers' Choice Award from readers. At the time, it was the largest solar PV farm at a sports complex.  Watch Brandon Igdalsky, president of the raceway and enXco representatives discuss various aspects of the project below:


Untitled Document

Get All the Renewable Energy World News Delivered to Your Inbox - FREE!

Subscribe to Renewable Energy World Magazine and our award-winning e-Newsletter to stay up to date on current news and industry trends.

 Subscribe Now



Evaluating the Case for Module-Level Shutdown

Hannes Knopf With 2014 NEC adoption in full swing, many are anticipating what the next version of the code will hold for the PV in...

A Case Study in Energy-Transition Momentum

Tim King South Australia is clearly at the forefront of the global energy transition as it establishes a fast-moving model oth...

Listen Up: Can I Get Solar if my Roof is Shaded?

The Energy Show on Renewable Energy World Rooftop solar panels only work when they are in direct sunlight. So if you have a partially shaded roof, the output o...

US Senate Democrats Unveil Energy Bill That Restores PTC and Extends ITC

Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg Senate Democrats unveiled a bill that would provide more tax credits for renewable energy while killing some tax ince...

PRESS RELEASES Welcomes Jennifer Delony as Associate Editor

PennWell Corporation is pleased to announce that Jennifer Delony has joined the company...

Customized Energy Solutions Executes Agreement with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (“MassCEC”) and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (“DOER”) for Important Energy Storage Study

Customized Energy Solutions (CES) has entered into agreements with Massachusetts Clean ...

CleanTX Releases New White Paper on the Future of Texas Solar in Texas

We love this new White Paper from our clean energy partners CleanTX

Sun Xtender® Launches New Website at

The newly designed website for Sun Xtender solar batteries is now live on the World Wid...


energy efficiency

Beyond the Trend: Maximizing the Impact of Your Energy Efficiency Solution

A revolution is happening in the energy sector. From the new regulations pushed out earlier this summer by the EPA’s ...

Northeast States Create Cap-and-Trade Program for Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Northeast states have worked together for several decades to address air quality issues and, more recently, climate c...

Why the Solar PV Industry Should Love Geothermal Heat Pumps Pt 2

It’s a marriage made in heaven: Solar PV and Geothermal Heat Pumps Part 2 of a 6-Part Series Prevailing Heati...

Park District Goes Solar, Saves Big While Preserving Open Space

Not only do community parks provide green space for recreation and leisure, they also increase property values, attra...


Renewable Energy World's network editors help deliver the most comprehensive news coverage of the renewable energy industries. Based in the U.S. and the UK, the team is comprised of editors from Pennwell Corporation's myriad of publications that ...


Volume 18, Issue 4


To register for our free
e-Newsletters, subscribe today:


Tweet the Editors! @jennrunyon



Successfully Integrating Solar: A Proactive Approach

•      What does the increasing solar penetrati...

Solar Power Northeast

  From the team that produced Solar Power Southeast and the sol...

Solar Power Asset Management and Performance

SEIA and SEPA collaborated with industry leaders to present the first ev...


Join us at the New Solar Power Northeast

From the team that produced Solar Power Southeast and the sold out P...

SPI Brings Out The Best In Solar

Phew…...those cross-country flights sure take a lot out of a guy....

Saving Vs. Gaining

Whenever I do a national keynote speech or customized coaching session f...


Renewable Energy: Subscribe Now

Solar Energy: Subscribe Now

Wind Energy: Subscribe Now

Geothermal Energy: Subscribe Now

Bioenergy: Subscribe Now