The Williamsburg, Va. club has installed 88 solar panels that are expected to offset 25 percent of the club’s power usage and save $5,000 on electric bills annually.
Kiskiack Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va., celebrated the installation of 88 solar panels at a ceremony on May 15th, The Virginia Gazette reported.
“We wanted to figure out ways to make Kiskiack a sustainable golf course for many years,” said the semi-private club’s owner, Carl Zangardi.
The new solar energy system possesses 29 kilowatts of power and the 88 panels are expected to offset 25 percent of the power usage at the club, which has an 18-hole golf course, and save $5,000 on its electric bills annually, The Gazette reported.
Kiskiack GC arranged the installation of the solar panels with the support of the Hampton Roads Solar Co-op, a regional solar co-op open to homeowners and businesses from Virginia Beach to the Newport News and Williamsburg areas, The Gazette reported. The co-op is a regional arm of Solar United Neighbors, a nonprofit dedicated to solar energy advocacy that has facilitated 650 installations throughout Virginia, The Gazette reported.
The co-op provides guidance to members on financing and installation of solar panels, which are bought in bulk to lower costs.
Kiskiack Golf Club is the first business to utilize solar power through the Hampton Roads Solar Co-op, Aaron Sutch of Solar United Neighbors of Virginia told The Gazette. The project cost $54,000.
“It’s something that’s gaining traction,” Sutch said of solar energy in Virginia. “Here, on this golf course, Mr. Zangardi has made the decision to be an energy producer.”
The co-op currently has 50 members and is open to new members, The Gazette reported.