This Electric Equipment Initiative, as we like to call it, will involve the replacement of gasoline combustion engines on our greens, tees, approaches, bunker rakes, greens rollers, and our staff utility vehicles with fully, 100% electric equipment. It will be a total of 19 pieces of equipment which will allow us to maintain the golf course without polluting the air with carbon emissions and will allow us to not disturb our golfers and guests with the operation of loud equipment.
Working with the great people in the Office of Sustainable Practices in the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation we were able to obtain funding from Tennessee State Parks and the Tennessee Valley Authority for this project through the Clean Tennessee Energy grant. By converting our gasoline burning equipment to all electric equipment we estimate we will reduce our gasoline consumption by over 12,000 gallons, eliminate the emission of over 215,000 pounds of point source carbon, and reduce our maintenance expenses by over $30,000.00.
It has taken a while to get the project off the ground but we are getting very close to seeing it be a reality. The equipment we chose for the project is the Jacobsen Eclipse 322 triplex mower for greens, tees, and approaches, the Smithco Super Star 48 volt bunker rake, the Tru Turf R52 greens roller, the Toro Workman MDE, and the Club Car Carry All Turf II. These units will allow us on many days to maintain our golf course without burning a single drop of fuel or emitting a single pound of point source carbon emission. The goal of the whole project.
We have taken delivery of a couple pieces of equipment last week which have already been placed into service and are operating beyond our expectations.
We also chose to replace the staff vehicles with fully electric Toro Workman MDE vehicles. These vehicles will allow the golf course staff to perform their duties around the golf course quietly so as not to disturb the golfers or the wildlife. Win Win for everyone.
We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the remaining equipment and the onset of spring so we can put it all into operation. We can already tell that one of the biggest things we are going to have to get used to is not hearing the sound of the gasoline engines as we perform our work but that is something we will gladly get used to.