A green day for Arizona golf

Southwest Section PGA Partners with SolarMotion Laboratories, Inc.


The Southwest Section PGA (SWSPGA) continues to make an effort to “Go Green.” The leading golf organization in Arizona announced that it has partnered with SolarMotion Laboratories, Inc. The Scottsdale-based company will be a Technology Sponsor of the SWSPGA. SolarMotion manufactures a state-of-the-art solar powered golf cart roof that is compatible and interchangeable with E-Z-GO, a leading supplier of golf, turf and utility vehicles throughout the world, Club Car, Inc. and Yamaha.

While many people use solar electric systems and complementary, sophisticated electronics to provide primary or backup power for their homes and businesses, there are very few companies that have employed solar technology on golf carts. That is, until now.

According to David Coburn, co-founder of SolarMotion, the company plans to launch the product over the next 60 days.

Coburn, a Scottsdale resident, said SolarMotion has partnered with Standard Renewable Energy and Kyocera Solar, Inc. (NYSE: KYO). Kyocera is a world-leading supplier of environmentally sound, solar electric energy solutions. Its American solar division is headquartered in Scottsdale.

With Kyocera’s expertise, SolarMotion Labs has developed a superior product; all solar roofs have a four-year warrantee; they are manufactured with the integrity and craftsmanship that comes with Kyocera’s 50 years of experience; and the maximum power point tracking (MPPT) charge controller assures the battery is being fully charged. “It’s a technology,” Coburn said, “that changes with the algorithms of the sun and clouds, which gives maximum power to the batteries.” 

Southwest Section PGA

Vito Berlingeri, marketing director for the Southwest Section PGA, said the partnership with Solar Motion Labs means the SWSPGA is doing its part to build a clean energy economy. “This relationship gives our golf courses the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint on the planet, maximize potential economic incentives and tax benefits of purchasing a solar product, and become more energy efficient in the long run. It’s a natural fit with the amount of sunshine we get here in the Southwest.”