The Real Club de Golf El Prat, partner of the Golfy Network, is taking a step towards sustainable golf thanks to renewable energy.
The Real Club de Golf El Prat is installing photovoltaic panels on the roof of its facilities (574 solar modules with a power of 260 kW), which will be the largest in a golf course in Catalonia.
This action is part of the achievement of the sustainable development objectives (SDO) presented in the club’s strategic plan, where issues related to sustainability, affordable and non-polluting energy are gaining relevant importance.
The photovoltaic roof is expected to be put into operation before the end of the year, which will result in a 40% saving. The return on investment will be visible in less than 5 years, also thanks to the IBI discount established by the Terrassa City Council.
The RCGP photovoltaic project, awarded to Chint Energy Engineering, the Spanish subsidiary of the Asian giant CHINT, was visited by the Consul General of the PR of China in Barcelona, Zhu Jingyang, to get to know the installation first hand. He was accompanied by the Secretary for External Action of the Generalitat, Gerard Figueras, the CEO of CHINT ENERGY, Luz Ma, and its director, Jordi Cardoner.
The President of the RCGP, Pancho Schröder, stressed that this initiative is part of “a plan we call sustainable golf, which includes water purification and energy saving and which, in this case, with the installation of solar panels, affects the economic viability and environmental sustainability of the Club”.
Given the current price of energy, the collaboration between the Club and Chint Energy shows that clean energy production and cost savings are possible and is a good example for other clubs to know and follow to face a better future.
In addition, in recognition of its commitment to sustainability, the Real Club de Golf El Prat was awarded the Biosphere distinction in the “Commitment to Tourism Sustainability Destination Barcelona Biosphere” programme last June. This certificate is awarded to companies that work towards a respectful management of environmental and cultural resources, as well as a social and economic return for the city of Barcelona.
Another effort made in the past to produce a more environmentally friendly golf course has been the investment in a water treatment system to reduce water consumption by improving the purification process (pre-treatment, flow regulation and disinfection of the effluent).
Respect for the environment is one of the main characteristics of the club, which, since its construction, has managed to integrate the golf course perfectly into more than 126 hectares of forest, thus favouring the increase in the species/fauna that live on the golf course.
The RCGP will continue to work towards a respectful management of environmental resources to make golf a sustainable activity.
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