Aggreko eyes sustainability for Ryder Cup 2021

By Dan Colombini23 September 2021

The 43rd Ryder Cup will take place from September 24-26, 2021, at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin. The 7,790-yard course on the shore of Lake Michigan will host nearly 50,000 spectators each day. (Photo: Reuters)

Temporary power company Aggreko is to provide onsite power including 23,000 kW of electricity to support the Ryder Cup golf championship in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Aggreko will install and operate 100 generators, four 30 kW batteries, and over 65 miles of cable.

The total installation period has spanned two and a half months, and 20 Aggreko staff members will be on site to oversee operation of the equipment.

Reducing Ryder Cup carbon emissions
The firm has deployed a 20 kW propane generator in place of a standard diesel model to power the Ryder Cup offices, reducing carbon emissions by 19 metric tons and cutting fuel costs by 30%.

LED light balloons in place of traditional light towers will result in a further reduction of 160 metric tons of CO2, the firm said.

Additionally, Aggreko’s use of batteries during the daytime will minimise generator use, keeping noise levels to a minimum so fans can enjoy the competition and reducing carbon emissions by an additional 24 metric tons.

“We’re proud to continue our longstanding relationship with the PGA to power this exciting event,” said Gary Meador, Aggreko Director of Event Services.

“It’s a fascinating and complex challenge that we love to tackle. We’ve worked closely and meticulously with other contractors who provide construction, tenting, flooring, and scaffolding to ensure flawless installation and timely power, heating, and cooling delivery leading up to and throughout the event.”

Last month, the firm was named Official Modular Energy Solutions Supporter for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, to be hosted in Birmingham, UK.

Aggreko was also delisted from the London Stock Exchange in August following its £2.3bn acquisition by private equity firms TDR Capital and I Squared Capital.

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