Greening a Golf Course

Joanna Schroeder

There’s more green on this golf course than the “greens.” The Meadow Club in Fairfax, California has just completed a solar power system installation that consists of 2.057 square feet of Sharp solar panels. The project was a venture between Novato and SolarCraft, a solar energy contractor, and the operational solar system is located on the Club’s maintenance building.

It is estimated that the system will generate an estimated 37,147 kilowatt hours of energy each year. This is enough to provide nearly 90 percent of the building’s energy needs. The system is expected to save the Club thousands of dollars each year. All excess power generated during the day is banked by PG&E for credit towards future use. In addition the solar system to eliminate nearly 19 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 1.3 million miles of driving.

Electricity, Energy, Solar