Where the sun does shine


Green is all the rage these days, even where things are already green. So it’s no surprise that Sebonack Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus-Tom Doak course in Southampton, N.Y., plans to power its golf cars with solar energy. Sebonack claims to be the first in the nation to fuel its entire fleet this way.

Roof-mounted solar panels made by Danish firm SolarDrive suck in the light on both sunny and cloudy days and convert it into electricity for the club’s existing fleet of 40 Club Car models. That means the club will need to charge the cars less often, reducing its grid electricity consumption by 50 to 75 percent and doubling battery life. That will result in cost savings for the club, and 6.5 fewer tons of carbon emissions for the environment in general.