Genesis Place upgrades to LED lighting throughout the facility

Story by Stacie Gaetz


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Genesis Place Recreation Centre is now home to upgraded LED light installations throughout the building.

The lights in the recreation centre’s field house, gymnasium, running track, twin arenas, fitness studios, along the main hallways and outdoors all received the upgrades to more than 500 fixtures.

Support through the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre’s (MCCAC) Recreation Energy Conservation (REC) program made this project possible, providing 75 per cent of the funding needed to complete this project.

“We are extremely pleased to receive support from the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre’s REC program to upgrade LED lighting in Genesis Place,” says Mayor Peter Brown.

“The impact of this investment will not only make Genesis Place safer for residents to enjoy, it will also lower operational and maintenance costs, while lowering the carbon footprint of the facility each year.”

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.

Through REC, municipalities can receive rebates for scoping audits and engineering studies that support investment decisions in addition to implementation project rebates for implementing energy efficient retrofits in their facilities.

According to a City of Airdrie press release, the project is projected to save the City $27,000 annually.

“Monthly utilities are among the largest costs of operating Genesis Place and the City of Airdrie arenas,” says Brad Anderson, manager of Genesis Place.

“Administration has strived, in recent years, to invest in projects that both lower our operational costs while enhancing the experience of our residents and sport users. The LED lighting upgrade at Genesis Place and arenas has allowed us to significantly upgrade our lighting levels, which improves the safety and visibility in our active living amenities while greatly reducing utility and maintenance costs. The REC Program through MCCAC made this project possible by reducing the capital investment required from Airdrie’s tax base.”

The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre’s REC program provided $272,000 of the total $364,000 needed to complete the installation.