Lighting upgrades subsidized
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Jan 07, 2015  |  Vote 0    0

Lighting upgrades subsidized

Stratford Gazette

Jeff Heuchert editor@stratfordgazette.com

The city is getting back some of the money spent last year to upgrade the lighting over the ice pads at the Rotary Complex and William Allman Arena.

Scotiabank announced this week it has teamed up with Delviro Energy to subsidize the cost of installing new energy efficient LED lights at 13 arenas across Ontario.

Stratford will receive up to $5,000 for each rink. Director of Community Services, David St. Louis, said the money will go back into his department’s facilities reserve and hopefully be spent on additional energy saving projects in the future.

“I’d like to see energy-saving fixtures installed at the KCC (Kiwanis Community Centre) and potentially at the Agriplex,” St. Louis told the Gazette, suggesting new lighting in the lobby at the Allman Arena was another possibility.

The cost to upgrade to LEDs is an obvious obstacle, but the savings are clear. The city spent approximately $62,000 to purchase and install 42 420-watt LED fixtures over the Molson and RBC rinks at the Rotary Complex back in the late spring, early summer. They replaced 21 1,000-watt metal halide fixtures. The investment will be paid back in installments over the next three years.

The Allman underwent a similar upgrade as well at an approximate cost of $23,000.

The lighting upgrades at the two arenas have a combined projected annual savings of roughly $28,000.

The LED lighting was purchased from Delviro Energy of Toronto, which claims LEDs use at least 75 per cent less energy than incandescent lighting and last 35 to 50 times longer than incandescents and about two to five times longer than fluorescents.

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