Town of Bashaw arena complex users will enjoy a lighter, brighter experience after the municipality took advantage of grant programs to install new light-emitting diode technology.
According to a press release from the town, “As part of the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre’s (MCCAC) Recreation Energy Conservation (REC) program, the Town of Bashaw completed a lighting retrofit of the Bashaw arena and curling rink with around 173 fixtures converted to LED.
“The Town of Bashaw arena and curling rink lighting retrofit project was funded through the Recreation Energy Conservation Program and Federal Gas Tax Funding.
“The total project cost was $40,789, with MCCAC funding of $29,334.75 and federal gas tax funding of $11,454.25.
The LED lamps will provide similar lumen levels at much lower wattage, thereby reducing electricity consumption of lighting equipment under the system boundary.
“The Town of Bashaw has a priority of reducing annual recreation facility costs and planning for environmentally responsible infrastructure,” said Mayor Penny Shantz.
The town estimates electrical energy savings of 48,723 kilowatt hours per year and greenhouse gas emissions reductions of 27 tonnes per year.
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Theresa Fuller stated in an interview Dec. 21, the town recycled 35 old lamps from the arenas, diverting glass, metal and other materials from the landfill.
She estimated the lifespan of the new lights at roughly five years.
2021 curling season cancelled
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bashaw arena is currently closed to the public.
It was noted the Bashaw Curling Club is taking the ice out of the curling rink and cancelling the rest of the 2020-21 season.
Fuller stated no decision has been made whether the arena will close, as the provincial government’s enhanced pandemic rules will be in place until Jan. 12.
Typically, skating ice stays in the arena until the end of March.
Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter