Gawler Golf Club Goes Green
24 June 2014
As reported in the 2013 National Golf Participation Report published by Golf Australia in April this year, approximately 39% of Golf Clubs across Australia are experiencing financial distress. The report goes on to say that in South Australia the Mid North region experienced the largest decline of membership for the reported year, being 11%. Aware of the ongoing challenges, the Gawler Golf Club in recent months has undergone an extensive review of areas where they can improve the long term viability of the club.
“Electricity is one of the major running costs of our club, both with requirements for our Clubhouse and also bore pumps for irrigation. Installing solar is a long term structural change providing savings that can then be used in other areas such as junior development, course infrastructure upgrade and other projects that will increase participation.” commented Club President Chris Thornton.
Chris added, “One of our key objectives with the project was to be able provide a cash flow neutral to positive position during the financing period, while also not compromising on quality.”
The Gawler Golf Club had been investigating solar for over a year before reaching a final decision to partner with Adelaide based The Solar Project. The Club has installed a 30kW system on the clubhouse roof. It will be commissioned on Monday 23rd June. “We were very happy with the process from start to finish working with The Solar Project. They were able to instil confidence by demonstrating a number of successful commercial installations across Australia. This included a local 90kW solar array at Barossa Vintners in Tanunda last year. Choosing a solar supplier can be a confusing process but The Solar Project was exceptionally professional with their approach and follow through.” Said Chris
David Buetefuer, Director of Sales and Business Development from The Solar Project commented “Besides reviewing the energy consumption of the club, structural feasibility proved critical to getting the design right: in this case only one of two roofs proved suitable. The club should expect to reduce its reliance on grid power by up to 83% and reduce their power bill by 58%: a significant reduction in their outlays. With a 3 year payback time, and 670 tonnes of CO2 emissions avoided, this is a great example of a financial and environmental win.”
The Solar Project has also committed to a multiple year sponsorship arrangement with the Club providing them with exposure to the hundreds of members and visitors that frequent the club each month. “We are all about partnerships and providing mutually beneficial outcomes for our stakeholders. This is an exciting move forward for the Club and we look forward to maintaining a long term relationship with The Solar Project” concluded Chris.
For further information contact:
Chris Thornton – Club President – 0414 749 213
Brett Hidson – Club Manager – 08 8524 4231
David Buetefuer – The Solar Project – 0426 830 607