Golf Course Solar Electric Installation Project Profile
In keeping with its practice as a sustainable business and to reduce the operating budget, Napa Valley Country Club has gone solar. SolarCraft both designed and installed the 251 kW solar power system at Napa Valley Country Club in Napa, CA. The picturesque, private golf course is now powered by renewable, green energy — saving the Club thousands in utility costs every year.
The solar electric system is ground mounted on a hillside above the golf course. It consists of 870 high-efficiency solar panels spanning a total of 17,610 square feet. The system’s solar electric panels are expected to generate approximately 363,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually. Excess power generated during the day is banked by PG&E for credit towards future use.
The new solar power system allows Napa Valley Country Club to generate enough electricity each day to power over 57 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 105 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating more than 6 million miles of driving.
The Napa Valley Country Club no longer needs to worry about volatile energy pricing swings and will enjoy free energy from the sun for many decades to come.
|System Size||250.8 kW DC
223.6 kW AC
|Solar Panel||(700) Renesola 300 W
(170) Yingli 240 W
|Inverter||(7) SMA STP24000TL-US
(2) SMA STP15000TL-US
|Mounting System||SnapNrack Ground Rail|
|Estimated Annual kWh||363,000|
|Cumulative Cash Positive||5–6 Years|
Napa Valley Country Club is the only entirely private country club in Napa County. Nestled in the hills of the Coombsville area of Napa Valley this 6,148-yard, par 72-layout rolls through the countryside in grand fashion. The original front nine fairways were cut out of tall grass with wild oats as rough in 1917 by a group of Napa Valley businessmen. The back nine was completed in 1990, designed by Ronald Fream. Gorgeous scenery, an abundance of wildlife, and beautiful natural surroundings make a round at Napa Valley Country Club seem more like a stroll through a nature wonderland.
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