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Sunday , 27 September 2020

City uses grant to retrofit Energy Centre with LED lights

Energy Centre will be lit differently saving the City $15,000 a year, they estimate.

The Cold Lake Energy Centre has retrofitted its old lights to new, energy-efficient LEDs that will provide an anticipated annual utility savings of almost $15,000.

The Energy Centre lighting retrofit project replaced the existing fluorescent lighting fixtures in both the Imperial Oil Place Arena and the Reid Field House with new LED technology.

The new LED fixtures are not only more efficient, but produce little-to-no-heat, have a superior operational life estimated between 20 to 25 years, and provide for improved lighting levels.

Grant funding for the project came through the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre’s (MCCAC) Recreation Energy Conservation (REC) Program.

The REC Program helps municipally-owned recreation facilities reduce energy use and GHG emissions by providing financial rebates to help identify energy-saving opportunities and implement energy-saving projects.

The rebate equates to either 75 per cent of the Energy Conservation Measure (ECM) or the amount required to reach a one-year simple payback, whichever is lesser.

The retrofit of the Imperial Oil Place Arena involved replacement of 198 fixtures resulting in an estimated annual savings of 168,910 KwH, equated to an estimated $10,357.59 in annual cost savings.

The Reid Field House had 119 fixtures retrofitted, resulting in an estimated annual savings of 76,647 Kwh, equating to an estimated $4,577.35 in annual cost savings.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connect Media. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.