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In the Community: Sponsoring the BIAWC Golf Classic

In the Community: Sponsoring the BIAWC Golf Classic

With temperatures peaking in the low-nineties on Friday, July 31st, many people in Whatcom County were sequestered in air-conditioned offices, but out at Shuksan Golf Course, the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County’s 2015 Golf Classic was underway.

BIAWC Golf Classic 2015

BIAWC Golf Classic 2015

As a sponsor of the tournament, Western Solar camped out at Hole 9 for the day, where Office Manager Rachael Hope and Marketing Coordinator Trish Haveman set up a solar phone charging station for golfers, which several happily took advantage of as the day wore on.

Once temperatures surpassed the 80-degree mark, at least one person from every group questioned why solar panels weren’t mounted on top of the canopy and powering an A/C system within. Ultimately, it wasn’t our mission to see how many golf carts and golf course staff we could commandeer in order to shuttle booth equipment out to our designated location. However, we were happy to provide cold bottles of water to a few golfers who were starting to flag in the late-afternoon heat.

We look forward to sponsoring the Golf Classic again next year, but can we put in an advance request with the weatherman to book us a cool breeze on that day? Solar panels work best under 70°F, and so do the Western Solar office staff!

Solar phone charging station and tournament participants

Solar phone charging station and tournament participants

Proceeds from the BIAWC Golf Classic benefit the BIAWC Construction Scholarship Fund and the Construction Careers Academy. The BIAWC Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to employees and family of BIAWC members, which can be used for college, grad school, a vocational program, professional certification, and more. The Construction Careers Academy is an inter-district program offered to Whatcom County high school students, designed to prepare students for careers in the construction industry. The program offers hands-on projects, presentations, job shadowing, and worksite tours. Funds raised through the Golf Classic help provide needed support materials for the program.

Western Solar Inc is a leading installer of residential and commercial solar electric systems in Washington State. They strive to design and install the most cost-effective energy-saving solutions for clients.

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