City of Red Deer: Red Deer Recreation Centre – Lighting Retrofit  

This project was funded through the Recreation Energy Conservation Program

City of Red Deer

2023Completion Year

$28,703.64Project Cost

$4,133.75Cost Savings

$21,527.73MCCAC Funding

1.7Simple Payback Period

42,226 kWh/yearElectrical Energy Savings

24tonnes 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 Action Centre’s Recreation Energy Conservation Program, the City of Red Deer completed an LED lighting retrofit throughout the Red Deer Recreation Centre. 

The Recreation Centre is home to an indoor pool, outdoor pool, fitness studio, exercise room and many multi-purpose meeting rooms. 

The project was commissioned in January 2023. 


The lighting retrofit project included the replacement of 21 T8s, CFLs, and metal halide fixtures with 23 LED high bays, troffers, and pot light lamps. The new LED lamps will provide higher lumen levels at a much lower wattage, thereby reducing the electricity consumption of lighting equipment under the system boundary. 


The lighting retrofit resulted in a reduction of 24 tCO2/year and an annual energy cost saving of $4,133.75/year thus decreasing electricity costs. There is a 74% GHG reduction from the existing system and a 3% reduction facility-wide from the baseline. 

The old lights were 1000-Watt Metal Halide Bulbs which directed light through 4 tubes to illuminate the pool area and deck. These were very costly to run, operated at high temperatures and proved to be extremely inefficient as they took 10 minutes just to turn on. We knew it was time to look at options to improve the aging system and come up with LED solutions for replacement.

Scott Hepfner, Recreation Operations Coordinator


Read more about the Recreation Energy Conservation Program