Recreation Energy Conservation Program

Funding Programs

Save money by reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from your municipality’s recreation facilities.

Why participate

Recreation facilities typically use more energy and produce more greenhouse gas emissions than other municipal facilities. Implementing energy efficiency retrofits will:

  • Identify energy-saving opportunities,
  • implement energy-saving projects, and
  • shape healthier lives in your community.
See how municipalities are taking care of their recreation centres with funding from the Recreation Energy Conservation Program.

WHO CAN APPLY

Municipalities and community-related organizations are able to access up to $750,000 for all projects.

The following facility types—that use complex and high energy consuming systems—are eligible:

  • arenas and curling rinks;
  • aquatic centres and swimming pools;
  • dry sport centres, such as facilities that do not include ice surfaces or aquatic facilities;
  • multiplexes, such as facilities that include a combination of dry sports, ice surfaces, and aquatic facilities;
  • athletic parks, such as football or soccer parks with high-intensity lighting; and
  • other recreation-focused facilities deemed eligible by the Action Centre.

No municipality is too big or too small to participate.

99projects completed in 63 municipalities

1,642 tonnes GHG emissions avoided annually

$2.8M in funding spent on projects

$354,308 in annual savings for municipalities

Funding

Get funding for scoping audits and engineering studies that inform investment decisions. Then access more funding for implementing energy efficient retrofits.

To apply for funding for a Scoping Audit or Engineering Study, you must include the following:

  • A copy of the quote from a Program Ally,
  • Six months of utility bills from utility providers for all fuel sources (electricity and natural gas) used in the facility, and
  • 12 months of utility consumption and cost information from prior to March 2020, or the most recent 24 months of utility consumption data.

Scoping Audits

Eligible facilities cannot have undergone a similar audit within the previous 24 months.

Scoping Audit Funding
Up to 100% of pre-GST Scoping Audit costs to a maximum of:
$8,000 for dry sports centres
$10,000 for arenas, aquatic centre, curling rinks and pools
$12,000 for multiplexes

Engineering Study

A cost estimate is required to determine eligibility and maximums. An audit must be completed by a pre-approved Program Ally contractor. Eligible facilities cannot have undergone a similar audit within the previous 24 months.

Engineering Study Funding
Up to 100% of pre-GST Engineering Study costs to a maximum of $20,000 for all recreational facility building types

Apply today!

Get funding for a scoping audit or engineering study

Implementation Projects

Implementation Projects fund eligible Energy Conservation Measures up to 75% of equipment and installation costs or to the dollar amount that buys the project down to a simple payback of 1 year, whichever is less and occurs first.

Tip: If valid project information such as the expected energy and GHG savings are not available or provided within an application, a Scoping Audit or Engineering Study must be completed prior to proceeding with the Implementation Project.

What to include in the application

To apply for funding for a Implementation Project, you must include the following:

  • A copy of the quote(s) from a Program Ally or another vendor with prices for equipment and installation,
  • Six months of utility bills from utility providers for all fuel sources (electricity and natural gas) used in the facility, and
  • 12 months of utility consumption and cost information from prior to March 2020, or the most recent 24 months of utility consumption data,
  • A copy of all applicable specification sheets for all equipment included in the REC application.

For more complex projects (anything that is not listed under Simplified Measures), must include a copy of the energy audit or study that includes financial and greenhouse gas emission reduction analysis for the intended project.

For lighting projects, please include a copy of the REC Lighting Calculator that includes energy and emissions savings calculations and photos of the existing lighting equipment. Lighting projects may use the REC Lighting Calculator to estimate these savings without the need for a Scoping Audit or Engineering Study.

Tip: For more details about what to include in your application, review page 9 of the Guidebook.

Simple Payback

Simple payback is calculated by dividing the capital cost of implementing the Energy Conservation Measures (i.e. LED lighting) by the annual cost savings produced by the Energy Conservation Measures energy savings. Energy Conservation Measures with a simple payback of less than one year without rebates are ineligible.

Did you know: The average simple payback time for projects is typically reduced from 10 to 2.5 years!

Projects must have a total installed cost of $10,000 or greater.

Skip the audit and implement now

Simplified measures can be implemented without an audit or study because of their predictable energy savings. Simplified measures include:

  • lighting;
  • ice rink flood water de-aerators;
  • pump replacements;
  • smart thermostats;
  • rooftop unit replacements; and
  • space heating boilers, furnaces and heaters.

Know what you want to upgrade?

Apply now to install one of the simplified measures.

Public engagement

Participants must integrate a public engagement component for the community that shares the importance of taking action on climate change and how energy efficiency can help achieve this goal.

The options for public engagement include:

  1. Issuing a media release for the project, with photos of the project and quotes from council. Also, mentioning funding from the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre, a partnership of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, Rural Municipalities of Alberta and the Government of Alberta.
  2. Hosting a ribbon cutting event with community members, municipal administration, elected officials, installers, or other stakeholders.
  3. Other, approved on a case by case basis by the Action Centre.

Tip: Learn more about eligible projects, warranty levels, public engagement and other requirements in the program Guidebook.

Get started

  1. Read the Guidebook and download the resources
  2. Submit an Expression of Interest as the first non-committal step in the application process
  3. Submit an application through the REC Online Portal

Tip: If you are not sure where to start, begin with a scoping audit to produce a general report that identifies multiple energy-saving opportunities or complete an engineering study on one large-scale project.

Save money – Save the planet. It’s a win-win.

If this program sounds right for your community apply now and start making a difference today!