Crowsnest Pass’ Pass Powderkeg Ski Lodge Lighting Retrofit

This project was funded through the Recreation Energy Conservation Program

Municipality of Crowsnest Pass

2021Completion Year

$59,224Project Cost

$6,232Cost Savings

$44,418MCCAC Funding

35,220kWh/yearElectrical Energy Savings

20tonnes 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 Municipality of Crowsnest Pass completed a lighting retrofit of the Pass Powderkeg Ski Lodge, updating 170 fixtures to be replaced by 157 LED equivalents. The project was completed in April 2021.


The Pass Powderkeg Ski Lodge lighting retrofit project included the replacement of 170 T12s, metal halides, and high pressure sodium fixtures throughout the facility with 157 LED troffers 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 and the controls will limit the run hours of the fixtures. The additional luminosity provided by brighter LEDs means that less fixtures are required, attributing to additional cost and electricity savings.


Due to the brighter LEDs, the Pass Powderkeg Ski Lodge now gets more light out of their new fixtures, resulting in a 79% reduction in the facility’s lighting energy consumption. This retrofit is estimated to save 20 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equating to a 10% reduction in the facility’s carbon footprint.

Here’s what Katherine Seleski, Operations Manager had to say about the project and participating in the Recreation Energy Conservation Program:

“The scope of the project allowed us to change every fixture in our buildings and all outdoor lights on our night skiing runs. It also forced us to replace and fix wires to ensure the longevity of our system as well. We are very thankful for the opportunity to have been a part of the MCCAC program. Prior to this project, our lights for our community ski area were old, dim, and unsafe. They had long gone past their lifespan but we weren’t going to be able to replace them in a quick enough manner. This project and subsequent funding allowed us the opportunity to change them to safer, energy efficient fixtures in a single shot. The benefits will allow for $15,000 in savings annually, and a much improved, safer experience for our community.”

Katherine Seleski, Operations Manager


Read more about the Recreation Energy Conservation Program