Golf clubs hole-in-one with solar power

Location Murwillumbah, QLD
Completed November 2013
Installation Type Commercial roof mount
System Size 80kWp
Installed Area 518m2
Number of Panels 320x Hanwha SolarOne 250w poly-crystalline panels
Inverters 4x German SMA Tripower inverters
Mounting System German made and engineered Schletter RiverClack KlimpClamps & grid aluminium frames
Estimated Power Produced 357kWh per day

132MWh per annum

Estimated Carbon Offset 120 tonnes CO2-e per annum

(equivalent of taking 30 cars off the road each year)

Murwillumbah Golf Club installed a 80kW solar power system in September as part of a three-stage green energy program to become as energy efficient as possible.

The Club’s manager, Wayne Kendrigan, said the solar power system, which will cover an area more than two times the size of a tennis court, will save the club more than $20,000 a year. “As a club we have committed to a three-year sustainability project and installing solar power is our first green goal. Stage two will involve the installation of LED lighting and stage three will look to improve energy consumption by changing our appliances to hydrocarbon, which is one of the most energy efficient and environmentally-safe refrigerants in the world,” he said.

“Golf clubs often get labelled as bad for the environment, but with the installation of solar power we are hoping to demonstrate how clubs can improve their green credentials,” Mr Kendrigan said.

The solar power system would see Murwillumbah Golf Club save nearly a quarter on power bills, with the system expected to generate approximately 132MWh annually.

“When you consider the club’s annual power bill normally stands around $100,000, a saving of more than $20,000 represents a significant return on investment, with the system paying for itself within four to five years,” he said.

Rather than pocket these savings, the golf club has committed to reinvesting the money into additional green energy initiatives.