Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Electric Equipment Initiative Goes Public

 The Electric Equipment Initiative of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation was officially unveiled yesterday at The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay.  We had a great turn out including representatives from local and state government agencies, local electric boards, equipment manufacutures and distributors, and media representatives among many others.  The event was a great way to present the electric equipment we have purchased and to communicate how we are using this technology to help protect the environment while also reducing our use of fossil fuels and eliminate the creation of point source CO2 emissions.

The event allowed our guests to get up close and personal with the equipment, to look at the battery powered technology, and to ask questions about the project.  We had many great questions asked and hopefully other operations will begin looking at electric equipment as a possible choice.

David Uchiyama of Chattanooga Times Free Press was on hand (he is in the forefront as I try to explain the advantages of the 15 blade cutting unit on the new Jacobsen Eclipse 322  greensmower).  David filed this report on the event this morning.

As David states in his article above, we have already seen a significant benefit from converting from gasoline powered equipment to electric equipment and I have to say the performance of the equipment has far exceeded our expectations.  If you haven't looked at electric equipment as a possibility you really need to, especially with the future of lithium battery technology on the horizon.

State Senator Bo Watson (front) and TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau were present to participate in the unveiling. 
Ms. Lori Munkeboe, Director of the Office of Sustainable Practices, enjoyed the event by hopping on and trying out one of the mowers.
Even John Reitman of TurfNet fame got in on the action and took one of the mowers for a spin across the putting green.  Read John's comments about the initiative and event here:
Mitch Sivley, Bear Trace Assistant Superintendent, demoed the quietness of the mowers for the group which was a huge hit with all in attendance. 
Past posts on the Electric Equipment Initiative

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