Lighting Retrofit for the Town of Gibbons’ Arena/Curling Club

This project was funded through the Recreation Energy Conservation Program

Town of Gibbons

2022Completion Year

$44,677.00Project Cost

$9,780.00Cost Savings

$33,507.75MCCAC Funding

1.1Simple Payback Period

66,150kWh/yearElectrical Energy Generation

37tonnes 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 Town of Gibbons completed an LED lighting retrofit throughout the Gibbons Arena/Curling Club.

The Gibbons Arena is dedicated to the ice hockey rink. Most of the building is lit by 32-Watt fluorescent bulbs and the rink itself is lit by 400-Watt metal halide fixtures. Lights in the upper level have automatic control and the rest of the lighting is manually controlled. The project was commissioned in October 2021.


The Arena lighting retrofit project included the replacement of 217 T5s, T8s, T12s, and metal halide fixtures with an equivalent number of LED high-bays, wall packs, and pole-mounted fixtures as well as occupancy sensors. 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 37 tCO2/year and an annual energy cost saving of $9,780.02 thus decreasing electricity costs. There is a 61% GHG reduction from the existing system and a 7.5% reduction facility-wide from the baseline.

“With the funding received from the MCCAC, we were able to accomplish a project that was otherwise not financially viable for us. Not only did this funding allow us to complete the project, but we will also see a reduction in operating costs as well as a substantial reduction in GHG emissions. That is a winning situation for everyone.”

Mike Debreuil, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer

“We had some very old lighting from the ’70s; they were sucking up a lot of energy. Through [the grant], we received approximately three-quarter funding, and on that project, with the cost savings, we’re anticipated to pay back the remaining one-quarter funds in about a year and a half through savings and operation costs.”

Mike Debreuil, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer


Read more about the Recreation Energy Conservation Program