The Chico, Calif., club wants to build a solar array near the golf course to offset the electricity costs for its irrigation system, which could result in savings of $1.8 million in energy costs over 25 years. The array would be placed in an unmaintained grass field and occupy approximately 2,500 sq. ft.
The Bidwell Park and Playground Commission will discuss the proposed solar array at Bidwell Park Golf Course in Chico, Calif. The club that leases the Bidwell Park golf course wants to build a solar array near the course to offset the electricity costs for its irrigation system, the Chico Enterprise-Record reported.
The approval of the installation would require a lease amendment, and the commission is being asked to recommend to the council that City Manager Mark Orme can change the agreement, the Enterprise-Record reported.
The array, according to the staff report, is expected to save the club about $1.8 million in energy costs over 25 years, and would not be seen from the road. It would be placed in an unmaintained grass field occupying approximately 2,500 sq. ft., the Enterprise-Record reported.
Per the city’s lease agreement with the nonprofit golf club, the city needs to consent to the system. A previous financing proposal that would require a 15-year lien on the property has been removed. Instead, the club has identified alternate funding which would be paid for by energy savings and the revenue generated by the golf course, the Enterprise-Record reported.
The staff report indicates the city intends to move forward with the lease, the Enterprise-Record reported.