REAL CLUB DE GOLF EL PRAT TAKES A STEP FORWARD TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE GOLF WITH RENEWABLE ENERGIES
Real Club de Golf el Prat is installing photovoltaic panels on the roof of its facilities with a total of 574 solar modules with a power of 260 kW. This installation will be the largest in a golf course in Catalonia.
This action is part of the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (ODS) presented in the Club’s Strategic Plan, where issues related to sustainability, affordable and non-polluting energy acquire relevant importance.
The photovoltaic roof is planned to start up before the end of the year bringing a saving of 40% and the profitability of the investment will be seen in less than 5 years also thanks to the IBI reduction established by Terrassa City Council.
The RCGP photovoltaic project, awarded to Chint Energy engineering, a subsidiary in Spain of the Asian giant CHINT, was visited by the Consul General of the PR China in Barcelona, Zhu Jingyang, to know first-hand the installation. He was accompanied by the Secretary of Foreign 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, highlighted that this initiative is included in a “plan that we call sustainable golf. It includes water purification and energy saving, and in this case, with the installation of solar panels, it 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 producing clean energy and saving costs is possible and serves as a good example to be known and followed by other clubs to face a better future.
Even more, in recognition of its commitment to sustainability, this past June, Real Club de Golf El Prat gained the Biosphere distinction of the program “Commitment to Tourism Sustainability Destination Barcelona Biosphere”. A certificate given to those companies that work towards a respectful management of the resources of the environment and the culture as well as a social and economic return to the city of Barcelona.
Another effort made in the past to produce a more eco-friendly golf course and as part of the Sustainable Plan of the Club was the investment in a water treatment system to reduce water consumption by improving the purification process through pre-treatment, flow regulation and disinfection of the effluent.
Respect for the environment is one of the club’s key hallmarks, which since its construction has been able to perfectly integrate the golf course into more than 126 hectares of forest, thus favouring the increase of the species that carry out their life cycle within the golf course.
The RCGP will keep working towards a respectful management of the resources of the environment to make the business of golf a sustainable one.