Eagles and birdies set to win on solar golf courses
Golf clubs from Japan to California are installing Canadian Solar PV solutions to help reduce environmental impact. And costs.
Stevinson Ranch, the first golf course in California to install solar, currently generates over 340,000 kilowatt hours of power annually with its 223 kW installation. The world-class golf facility’s goal was to reduce its carbon footprint and offset energy costs with clean solar power. “The installation is direct evidence of our commitment to sustainability and eco-friendly practices,” said George Kelley, Principal of Stevinson Ranch Golf Club.
"Being one of the pioneers in our industry to utilize the sun, the world's most abundant resource, and harvesting its energy to offset our power is exciting. We pride ourselves on our energy and sustainability efforts — from our eco-friendly Greenway Golf Maintenance and our solar power systems," he said.
The Stevinson Ranch enlisted the services of Cenergy Power to install approximately 1,000 CS6P-P modules, known for their high quality and performance. Today, the PV array offsets the power needs of Stevinson Ranch’s clubhouse, restaurant, saloon, pavilion and cottages. Cenergy Power selected Canadian Solar modules for their solid workmanship and excellent quality.
“Canadian Solar offers Cenergy Power a reliable partnership providing consistent customer service and dependable product availability and delivery. Couple that with the high quality and performance of their solar modules and that’s contributed significantly to our success,” said Andrew B. Goldin, VP of Field Operations, Cenergy Power.
Canadian Solar modules, top ranked for PVUSA (PTC) ratings in California with plus only power tolerance of +5 Watts, are among the highest efficiency ratings and deliver higher energy production. The amount of carbon offset by the array is equivalent to removing approximately 460 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere or the amount approximately 1,303 trees could sequester.
A similar project has also been implemented in the Caribbean at Anguilla’s prestigious 5-star CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, which recently unveiled a solar field spanning four acres and containing 3,500 Canadian Solar 300 W PV panels. It generates approximately 1.5 million kWh annually while avoiding 540 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
In one place, environmental concerns have superseded golf entirely. Environmentally friendly energy is obviously a priority in Fukushima, Japan and a 14-megawatt facility is planned on a former golf course near the city. It is expected the facility will start operating in March, 2015.