Dr. Grady & Annette,
Good afternoon, thank you for getting the package up so quickly, upon its arrival we immediately went out to test it and we were blown away with the capabilities of your invention and the ease of installation and wiring process. Needless to say, this was like a gift to us. I was quickly able to grasp how the system performs and functions, and thanks to the knowledge you have shared with me and my family, I have a much better understanding of the countless real-world applications and the capabilities to deliver solar energy in a way that was not possible before.
If you get some time, I’d like to have you look over the information I want to post to our website, before I start to reach out and market our services. I would like to receive your blessing on how I wrote the general information for our home page. I’m fully aware that we are in no way affiliated as employees of Earth Care, as stated in the confidentiality agreement, besides just being buyers of your product. The opportunity we have with your organization and product is by far the most important thing for the future of our business and I want in no way to jeopardize that relationship. I want to be sure everything on our website and marketing material is correct and conforms with your rules before it gets posted to the public.
I have been researching and developing our business strategy for a few years now and our transition to the solar energy market up here in New England, and through maturity, and the prudence of my father, we continued to search out what avenue is the most sense for us moving forward. Thankfully this led me to continue researching the solar industry and that hard work and patience, thank God, led me to find you, your family, and your amazing invention.
Thankfully our contracting business is faring much better than a lot of our competitors and because of all of the regulations and rules now it is not as profitable as it was in the past. I can now focus all of my energy and attention to growing this business. With the employment climate the way it is, it’s safe to say it is only a matter of time before this industry explodes up here along with the rest of the country and I need to establish our market presence as soon as possible to gain the upper hand on future competitors.
With that said, the next most important step for us is the grant writing process and establishing my brother and our LLC. I’ve spent countless hours reading and researching the application process and websites that claim to offer assistance. As I’m sure you know, nothing is that simple, especially when it comes to money. If you could tell me what steps I need to take in order to get the services from your resource team. I would like to do so immediately and the faster I can get this done, the better chance I have to build a solid foundation to our business and help other veterans with this process.
Thank you again for your time and I will eagerly anticipate your response.
While These tests were being performed the carts were not charged using traditional electrical charging
We are continuing our real world testing at golf courses. Our 2 most recent tests yielded the following results:
- The first course ran the EZGO RXV with the Peel & Stick Top for 5 rounds over a 4 day period. At the end of the test, the car was still 50% charged.
- The second course ran the same car 8 rounds (144 holes) over a 5-day period and the car ended up at 25% state of charge. 2 of the days were cloudy!
(Note: this top also fits Club Car Presidential, Yahama as well same measurements see product descriptions)
The recharge time after each test averaged about 1KWH per round of golf. So if your electric rate is $0.12 per kilowatt it would cost a golf course $0.12 per round of golf.
A typical rental car in this area will average about 200 rounds per year so the cost to operate the car would be $24/yr.
A typical electric golf car without the Peel & Stick in this area running 200 rounds per year would cost $60/yr. A typical gas car running 200 rounds per year with gas at $2.50/gal would yield a cost of $140/yr.
We would not recommend running a car below 50% state of charge, as battery damage is likely to occur.
20+ years in business
I have recently been testing one of the Golf cars we attached the Earth Care solar top to it is a Club Car Precedent model. Fully charged we ran a discharge test on the vehicle with the top attached; recharged the vehicle and discharged it without the top connected. The results of our test were 86 minutes with the top and 41 minutes without the top. Weather conditions were mild and partly sunny.
I might add that this top is testing at 2.1 to 2.6 amps and 69 to 86 volts.
Feel free to call me with any questions.
Service Manager GCOM
"The numbers of inquiries that I receive each day have increased since that little article in the Mississippi Business Journal. I am proud to be associated with a company and product line that not only lowers my customers ‘ cost of maintaining their golf cars but also is an environmentally friendly product. The "Go Green" movement is in full swing at our company!"
Club Car Distributor 21 Years
State of Ms
We installed an Earth Care Peel and Stick Solar Top on the PGA Professional’s Golf car at Whisper Lake Country Club in Madison, Mississippi on December 4, 2008. As of January 20, 2009 he had not had to charge his Club Car DS IQ a single time. He simply pulls it out of the barn first thing in the morning and typically patrols the course once or twice per day and then returns it to the cart barn at night.
I live near this course and recently took my personal cart and the Pro’s cart out for a round of golf. My son-in-law drove my car and I drove the Pro’s test car. At the beginning of the round the Pro’s car tested at 49 volts and after the round it was at 49.5 volts.
The product is simple to install and with the Tax Credits tied into it along with the energy savings; this is the best golf car accessory I have ever seen.
Distributor of Club Car Products
City of St Marys
418 Osborne St
St Marys, Ga. 31558
The City of St Marys Georgia requested a test of the Solar Cart from Earth Care Products in the fall of 2008. The test was scheduled for two weeks. The project was to do a feasibility study. The project was to have the utilities department use the Solar Powered Cart for transportation for reading the water meters since the City Of St Marys is active in Going Green.
The Earth Care Solar Cart was driven every day for approximately one and half weeks without having to charge the system. The Solar Cart took a lot of starting and stopping, speeding up and slowing down, a very rigorous test was given to the cart through a normal workday.
The city’s employee’s only two complaints were they were chased by a lot of dogs and the unit was not air-conditioned. The City, according to the Assistant City Manager, was extremely pleased with the performance of the Earth Care Peel & Stick Solar Golf Cart System.
Assistant City Manager
“We are very excited about the possibilities of the Earth Care Peel & Stick Solar top. We have had tests where we ran the E-Z-GO RXV 36 holes and the car was still 100% charged after the round!”
“In years past, we experimented with the panel type of crystalline solar top but the results never met our expectations. The Earth Care product is the first solar panel that has truly performed to our level of expectations and in fact has exceeded those expectations!”
We are very excited to be associated with Dr. Grady.
20+ years in business
I installed a solar top to my personal golf cart late in 2008. My cart hardly had a charge when I installed the Solar Top.
It was a sunny day in South Georgia. I drove it for a couple of hours; it started to slow down a bit. It was time for lunch, so I parked in front of a water front restaurant in St. Marys, Ga. in the sun.
After lunch I talked to some tourists from the north and started to drive. My cart acted like it had a full charge.
On a sunny day I think you might get sick of driving before the battery goes dead. I save gas money because I pay my electric and water bills with my golf cart. Now remember, it’s charging as you’re driving!
St. Marys, Ga.
I have ridden and drove on golf carts with this technology many times and have been impressed with what I’ve experienced. The performance of the cart is better, no sluggish or low power drag driving!
Like most people, when I push on the pedal I want to go and go as quick as possible. That’s what I love the most about Earth Care Solar, Solar Top. The fact that it won’t break like glass panels, didn’t cost an arm and a leg to ship, has tax credits and was easy to install makes this product a HOME RUN any way you want to look at it!
New Release by Earth Care Solar
Russell Mayeaux , President of www.peelandsticksolarenergy.com , States “Earth Care Solar Products Peel and Stick Solar Charging Systems have been tested and proven by The University of The Pacific to be superior solar charging systems. Earth Care Solar has been selected by University to continue supplying their solar charging systems for all their Going Green Cart solar power requirements. The new release below is one of many Universities , Theme Parks and Governmental Agencies purchasing our products. Ole Miss State University, Duke University, University of Ft Lauderdale, North Western University of Illinois, Disney World, Warner Bros, US NAVY, BORDER PATROL and our most recent NASA are using our product.
News Release By University of The Pacific
Pacific is Going Solar
(September 27, 2010) –
In the past few years, University of the Pacific has expanded its on-campus recycling programs, built two ecologically friendly buildings and broke ground on a third, planted a community garden, and offered “local” foods to reduce the carbon footprint of the campus cafeterias.
Now it’s going solar.
This year, a dozen of the electric orange carts that are used by the University’s maintenance and ground employees have been converted to solar, and there are plans to switch eight more to sun power by the end of November. The goal is to convert all of Pacific’s 84 electric carts to solar during the next few years. One building also will go solar.
“We’ve already eliminated several gas-powered vehicles and hope to have about one-quarter of our carts solar by Thanksgiving,” said Scott Heaton, director of support services for Pacific. “This project has really been driven by the staff and their dedication in trying to figure out how to make solar power a reality on campus.”
The solar conversion project was originally conceived about four years ago, Heaton said, when Pacific made a solid commitment to reducing its carbon footprint. A carbon footprint is a measurement of how much greenhouse gas emissions are created by an organization. His employees first reduced the number of gas-powered pick-up trucks and vans that were used to move equipment and people across campus. So far, eight vehicles have been eliminated and replaced with electric-powered vehicles. A new policy also was established that said employees could only use a gas-powered truck or van to travel across campus when it was absolutely necessary, such as to transport bulky equipment that could not fit on a cart.
They then turned to the electric carts. While considered “green,” the carts still have an impact on the environment because they use electricity that is partially generated by gas and coal power plants, which generates greenhouse gases.
Initially, the University looked at purchasing pre-made solar-powered carts but found the costs prohibitive. Then employees did some research and discovered “stick on” photovoltaic panels that could be stuck on the roof of a cart and wired to recharge the cart’s batteries as it was being driven around campus. The employees then started converting the carts, Heaton said.
The results have been better than expected. Before the solar project, the carts had to be recharged several times a week, with a handful of them needing to be charged twice a day due to heavy use. Since they went solar, Heaton said the carts have run for weeks at a time without needing to be plugged in.
“This has been a real cost saver for the University because PG & E charges extra for using power during peak times during the spring and summer, which is when most of our employees are working and most of the carts are being recharged,” Heaton said. “My goal is to have all of our campus vehicles completely solar in the next few years.”
The carts aren’t the only examples of solar power at Pacific. Plans are underway to install solar panels on the roof of the recently opened John T. Chambers Technology Center in the next year, to further reduce the University’s footprint, Heaton said. Those panels will then generate about 25,464 kilowatt/hours of electricity each year, enough to power three average American homes during a 12-month period.