Submitted by Bellingham Training & Tennis Club
Bellingham Training & Tennis Club made another significant step toward sustainability and environmental responsibility by converting over to its own solar power system. BTTC, with its energy partner, Western Solar, installed 240 solar panels on the south side of the Club’s roof. In addition to the panels, the new energy system includes a large on-site 208 volt inverter that allows for on time solar module monitoring and optimization. The newly installed solar system will generate an impressive 134,281 kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable energy annually, substantially reducing the business’s reliance on traditional energy sources.
By utilizing solar power, the Club will slash its use of PSE generated power and make us much more energy independent. This initiative marks the Club’s continuing and substantial investment in renewable energy and environmental responsibility.
The Club had investigated “going solar” multiple times over the last 20 years. A number of key factors made the transition possible:
- The Robertson’s decision to value the wider benefits of PSE energy use reduction into its business model.
- The wonderful advice on the system design, creation and installation by Western Solar
- The ongoing technical and installation expertise of our roofing partner Von Bodkin at Commercial Waterproof Coatings. With a roof as big as ours, Von’s guidance has been invaluable in making the installation of solar on the roof a functional option. The installation of the feet for the solar arrays were an integral part of sealing the roof surface before the panels were installed.
- The 2022 Inflation Reduction Act included important tax credits and depreciation benefits that reflect our nation’s current goal of developing alternative energy sources.
Please stop by the Club and see the positive impact “green energy” is having in your community.
Robin Robertson, co-owner and general manager of Bellingham Training and Tennis Club, is wildly excited about this monumental achievement: “We are excited to announce the installation of 240 solar panels on our massive rooftop. This initiative is a significant step towards our commitment to reducing our environmental impact We hope this project inspires other businesses and individuals in our community to embrace renewable energy and work together towards a cleaner, greener future.”
“I have a degree in environmental science and have always worked toward reducing the environmental impacts of our business. The solar panels are the ‘icing on the roof’ in addition to the LED lighting, reflective tennis court walls and ceilings to improve light quality, recycling, composting, and environmentally friendly cleaning products we already have.”
About Bellingham Training and Tennis Club
Bellingham Training and Tennis Club is a family owned tennis and fitness club in the Fairhaven neighborhood of Bellingham dedicated to providing high-quality services since 1973. Committed to environmental responsibility, the company actively seeks innovative ways to reduce its ecological footprint and contribute positively to the community.