Energy use and cost has always been a relevant topic for course owners, but it’s getting considerably more attention now, as oil prices climb to $100 per barrel (and up), and there is more competition among providers — meaning more choices for the consumer.
Just in the past few weeks, we’ve learned about solar power, where golf courses with ample land resources can use excess land to host solar power fields. Depending on the deal ownership can strike on installation, solar can mean significant savings to the golf course operator.
Wind power has been widely used in rural areas for some time but is now being considered for golf courses as a viable option to reduce energy costs. Another option is continued use of typically generated electric power — but with more competition than ever, it’s practical to retain power brokers to find and negotiate better energy deals.
To some, potential drawbacks include the potential impact on the visual environment of solar panels and windmills. Of course, ample site area is needed and there could be zoning issues to deal with.
The upside is that if your club would benefit from lower energy costs, if the idea of using renewable sources of energy in the case of solar and wind are appealing and if the property has an appropriate space for an installation, the savings can be significant. One firm promises savings of 10-15% with no capital investment for solar. We’ve recently appraised a club that managed a six-figure savings through the installation of its own solar field and added significantly to their property value.
Typically, getting started involves the following steps:
- Review of Power Needs and Usage
- Design a system that meets club’s needs
- Regulations Assessment
- Proposal and contract with club
If this makes sense to you, email me. We can help you find energy savings at your club through the variety of options now available to golf courses and clubs.