Lopesan Meloneras, Spain

The Gran Canarian based Lopesan Meloneras Golf Club acquires SolarDrive S2E for the first 20 out of a fleet of 60 new Club Car Precedent

An article (in Spanish) on the case was brought in ClubManagerSpain (translated into English):

SolarPowered golf cars is a profitable reality for Meloneras Golf

Lopesan Meloneras Golf (Gran Canaria) has become one of the first golf courses in Spain (and Europe) which has a fleet of golf buggies with solar power roofs. The club director, Cameron Procter, says the investment will pay off short-term and, furthermore, this change is not only saving energy and time, but also an important improvement of the club’s image.

The substantial energy savings (estimated at 70% compared to consumption of a traditional electric car) is one of the advantages that the new buggies with solar roof give the Golf Meloneras Lopesan, but not the only one. The roofs also extend the battery life about four years, preventing its operation is degraded by the use of electric charge and reduce CO2 emissions significantly.

“For us, saving energy is important, but more important it saves time as well as it emphasize our professional image and our environmental stewardship” said club director, Cameron Procter, who tells us that SolarDrive’s solar power roof tops have been applied to 20 of the 60 cars recently new Club Car Precedent golf cars.
More efficient

That savings of time is important to Lopesan Meloneras Golf. Procter tells that the SolarDrive powered golf cars can drive five rounds of golf (90 holes) and the golf course without recharging. This has a high value to the golf club, especially now, during high season in the Canaries, where “we have about 220 players a day. When the car is retuned after a round of golf it is quickly cleaned and send out on the golf course again”.

The roofs can be retrofitted to any golf car and SolarDrive even has an alliance with Club Car, the world’s largest golf car manufacturer. The SolarDrive roof top looks aestechtically pleasent on the golf car and must only be cleaned with a damp cloth.

The use of the vechile is exactly like any boogie besides the fact that the batteries are constantly charging as long as there is daylight.

The impression of the players

“Our customers have given very positive feedback. They feel more comfortable knowing that the cars will not run out ouf batteries as well as they greatly appreciate the environmental aspects of driving a solar powered golf car. Lopesan Meloneras Golf has obtained the ISO 14001 and strives to “use the best products within the field of golf, and always doing their outmost to limit the use of chemicals, irrigation, use recycled water as well as always taking measures that respect the environment” says Procter.

The Canary Islands is a great place to work with this type of buggies, because “we have 355 days of sunshine.”