It's still too early for the Weston Creek Tennis Club to determine how much they have saved on their electricity bill since installing solar panels on the clubhouse roof in March, with the first bill yet to arrive.
However, club treasurer Geoff Kotz said the panels had already made a significant difference in the short amount of time they have been there.
"It will be savings not just for the tennis club, but it's also reducing our carbon footprint, and that's the main recipient," Mr Kotz said.
"We'll be using less electricity and that's fantastic for reducing our carbon emissions."
The club installed 25 solar panels on its clubhouse following a nearly $12,000 federal government grant in 2020.
The solar panel installation came after the club recently replaced all of the halogen globes in its light towers with LED lights in order to be more energy efficient.
Mr Kotz said the solar panels would have a large impact for the tennis club.
"It's all about a sense of environmental responsibility from the club," he said.
"It gives us a warm, fuzzy feeling that we're doing the right thing and we're getting the benefits from it.
"Other clubs should do the same with solar panels, everyone else should be getting onboard as well."
Similar calls to install solar panels on the roofs of sporting clubs across the country have also been made as part of recommendations in a new report released by the Australian Conservation Foundation earlier this week.
The report found installing solar panels on the roofs of major stadiums such as the SCG, as well as on top of major sporting code headquarters could generate 20,000 megawatt hours of clean energy each year.
That would be enough to completely power 2890 homes during one year, while also prevent 310,000 tonnes of climate pollution in a two-decade period.
The report also identified that grassroots clubs also had a major role to play, with more than 400 square metres of viable roof space for solar panels for community AFL, cricket and soccer clubs alone.
Australian Conservation Foundation campaigns director Paul Sinclair said clubs going solar could end up saving a combined $3.7 million per year in energy costs.
"From the biggest stadiums to the smallest clubrooms, Australian sports can work together to be powered by 100 per cent clean energy," Mr Sinclair said.
"The solutions to do this are available right here, right now. Moving to clean energy creates jobs, cuts energy costs and gives Australian rivers, forests and wildlife a chance to thrive."
Mr Sinclair said sport would be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the switch to solar, given how climate change was expected to impact it.
A Climate Council report, released earlier this year, said the viability of summer sports could be put in jeopardy in future years with temperatures set to reach highs of up to 50 degrees by 2040.
"Sports in Australia face a growing threat from climate change," Mr Sinclair said. "Extreme and deadly heatwaves will threaten the lives of Australians."
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