Coconut Point goes green with Gulf City Solar

Coconut Point is the area’s first retail outlet to install a solar kit to power golf carts from Bonita Springs-based company Gulf City Solar.
Kennedy and another employee in the solar cart.
Kennedy and another employee in the solar cart.
Oct. 19, 2010 - PRLog -- Shoppers at Estero’s upscale outdoor shopping center, Coconut Point, will soon have a new sight that will make shoppers “green” with envy. This product won’t be in the stores, but on one of the carts driving around them. Coconut Point is the area’s first retail outlet to install a solar kit to power golf carts from Bonita Springs-based company Gulf City Solar.

Gulf City Solar designs ultra-portable and light solar power products that enable people to get power where they need it. The company’s solar kit for golf carts is its first major product being sold widely to clubs and individuals. Unlike solar kits that use heavy glass panels or require cart owners to replace their roofs, Gulf City Solar’s kit uses a thin film-like panel weighing about nine pounds. Owners can simply peel off the double-sided tape and stick the panel onto their carts. The regulator that controls energy production and flow distributes energy up to 30 percent more efficiently than its competitors, and constantly recharges a cart’s battery, enabling more drive time and less reliance on electricity. This makes it perfect for a day on the green…or trolling the parking lot.

“Coconut Point and Simon Property Group are committed to environmental sustainability,” says mall manager Jamie Grofik. “We are actively exploring ways to be more energy efficient, as well as reduce energy costs. We are intrigued by the prospect of converting our present golf carts to solar power and we were please to learn how light, yet powerful, Gulf City Solar’s product is.”

The mall’s operations manager, John Kennedy, said the mall will initially install Gulf City Solar’s kit on one of its golf carts. Shoppers will be able to identify this “green machine” by its decorative decals, but that will be the only giveaway.

“Gulf City Solar’s panels are so thin and light, you wouldn’t even know which cart had the kit installed without looking directly down on its top,” Kennedy says. “I’m glad we could support a local business in this way, and I also look forward to having one less cart to plug in. When you think about the number of vehicles large operations like ours use, the savings could be huge if these solar kits are installed on entire fleets.”

Gulf City Solar’s executive vice president of sales and marketing, Hans Holzmann, confirms the potential for saving money while saving the environment. “Based on the average costs to charge carts with electricity, owners can easily recoup the cost of their investment in less than two years,” he says. “Then they can charge their carts for several more years for free. Our kit’s ability to constantly recharge batteries also extends the batteries’ lives, so that’s an even bigger savings.”

More information on Gulf City Solar’s products can be found online at

About Gulf City Solar
Based in Bonita Springs, Fla., Gulf City Solar develops and sells solar products focused on giving people power where they need it. Designed with ease of use in mind, its products use ultra-light and ultra-portable flexible thin film panels to capture the sun’s energy, and the company’s proprietary technology enables its products to work much more efficiently than competitors. Gulf City Solar markets products for consumers and creates customized solar solutions for business and government organizations. More information about the company, its products and founders can be found online at
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Tags:Solar Power Golf Cart, Gulf City Solar, Coconut Point, Simon Malls, Solar Energy, Solar Power Generator, Solar Panel
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