Daytona Beach, FL (February 15, 2019) – Watkins Glen International and a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC., the world’s largest generator of wind and solar energy, today announced plans for a 50-megawatt solar energy center to be built at Watkins Glen International, adjacent to the historic circuit in the Southern Tier region of New York. Upon completion, The Glen will house the largest solar field to be located at a racetrack in the United States.
The project will provide the region with an important and unique opportunity to diversify its energy resources with clean, renewable energy that is free of water, waste, and emissions. It will also help the state of New York achieve its renewable energy goals. Watkins Glen International will provide the land to host the project, with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources owning and operating the solar facility.
“The Watkins Glen Solar Energy Center will be an incredible step in our facility’s quest to become more environmentally-friendly,” track President Michael Printup said. “We have taken part in several green programs over the years – including several NASCAR initiatives, a leading recycling plan, and efforts to move toward a paperless media center. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with NextEra Energy Resources to create this large-scale renewable energy opportunity right in our backyard, and supporting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s continuing efforts to make New York State a leader in going green.”
"We're proud to partner with Watkins Glen International on this innovative project to create renewable energy to help power New York," said Ross Groffman, Executive Director for NextEra Energy Resources. “By utilizing this land for clean, renewable energy, Watkins Glen International is helping New York win the race for a sustainable future.”
About Watkins Glen International
Located within five (5) hours (~300 miles) of 25% of the US population, Watkins Glen International is the premier road racing facility in North America, three-times voted “Best NASCAR Track” by readers of USA Today. Keep up with The Glen on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For tickets, camping, and additional information about the upcoming 2019 racing season, call 1-866-461-RACE or visit www.TheGlen.com