City of Airdrie Genesis Place Lighting Retrofit

This project was funded through the Recreation Energy Conservation Program

City of Airdrie

2021Completion Year

$358,250Project Cost

$82,206Cost Savings

$268,687MCCAC Funding

1.1Simple Payback Period

822,060kWh/yearElectrical Energy Savings

468tonnes CO2e/yearGHG Reductions

Greenhouse gas emissions reductions for this project are calculated based on Alberta’s Carbon Offset Emission Factors Handbook Version 2.0


As part of the MCCAC’s Recreation Energy Conservation (REC) program, the City of Airdrie completed a lighting retrofit at Genesis Place, updating 621 existing lamps to LED equivalents. The project was completed in June 2021.


The Genesis Place lighting retrofit project included the replacement of 621 T8s, metal halides, and HPS fixtures to 510 LED highbays, troffers, wall packs, down lights, and pole-mounted fixtures. The LED lamps will provide higher lumen levels at a much lower wattage, thereby reducing the electricity consumption of lighting equipment under the system boundary. In addition, there were 111 fixtures that were permanently decommissioned due to the retrofit.


Due to the brighter LEDs lower wattage, the Genesis Place retrofit project resulted in a 72% reduction in the facility’s lighting energy use. This retrofit is estimated to save 468 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equating to a 11% reduction in the facility’s carbon footprint.

“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.”

Peter Brown, Mayor, City of Airdrie

“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.”

Brad Anderson, Genesis Place Manager


Read more about the Recreation Energy Conservation Program