Bringing energy to the game means making sure we use our energy efficiently. Our partner, Constellation, is working with the PGA of America to help reduce our energy use and impact on the environment and golf’s environmental footprint wherever possible.
Environmental improvements at golf clubs can range from more efficient light fixtures and room controls to low-flow water fixtures, and even solar panels. After identifying opportunities for increased efficiency and recommending a management plan, Constellation connects the club with a trusted service provider, who will install the new technologies. The projects have no upfront cost, and the clubs pay for the services on a monthly basis through their energy bill. Oftentimes, the savings from efficiency are greater than the monthly cost, saving the clubs money and energy in the long run.
Liberty National Golf Course in New Jersey was one of the first clubs to take advantage of the partnership with Constellation.Constellation’s team conducted a comprehensive energy audit of the facility to identify where the club could save the most energy. They ultimately recommended installing LED lights and control systems, the scope and pricing of which was approved by Liberty National. Working with Constellation and one of its approved alliance partners ensured that a new design-build solution fit the club’s energy needs, budget and timing. The system improvements and LED upgrades reduced consumption by 50 percent, saving 250,000 kWh of energy usage every year. The associated costs of the project were included in the site’s electricity bill and spread out over the term of their energy contract with Constellation.
Liberty National Golf Course Energy Efficiency Improvements
The PGA of America is also focusing on improving the energy efficiency of our major Championships—the PGA Championship, KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup. These large-scale spectator events require a lot of additional on-site equipment and facilities to support hundreds of thousands of spectators. These events use a significant amount of energy in order to power video boards, broadcast equipment, air conditioning for tents throughout the property, and lighting, among many other needs. While we work hard during the planning phases of our events to use as much ground power as possible to reduce the need for generators, we know we can do more. This is another reason why we established our partnership with Constellation: we are committed to offsetting our carbon footprint at our Championships. The PGA of America is purchasing Green-e Energy Certified Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to match the electricity used during each event. These RECs certify that 100 percent of the energy used during PGA of America events will be matched with wind generation to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.At our championships, the PGA offset 2,450,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, which had the same environmental benefit of taking 390 passenger vehicles off the road or preserving 2,148 acres of forest.