Polar Palace Hockey Arena Lighting Retrofit

This project was funded through the Recreation Energy Conservation Program

Town of Valleyview

2021Completion Year

$84,983Project Cost

$15,265Cost Savings

$63,737MCCAC Funding

1.4Simple Payback Period

68,759kWh/yearElectrical Energy Savings

39tonnes 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 Town of Valleyview completed a lighting retrofit of the Polar Palace Hockey Arena, updating over 300 fixtures to LED equivalents. The project was completed in February 2021.


The Polar Palace Hockey Arena lighting retrofit project included the replacement of all existing 339 T5 and T8 fluorescent fixtures throughout the facility with LED equivalents. 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.


Due to the brighter LEDs, the Polar Palace Hockey Arena now gets more light out of their new fixtures, resulting in a 47% reduction in the facility’s lighting energy consumption. This retrofit is estimated to save 39 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equating to a 14% reduction in the facility’s carbon footprint.

47% reduction in lighting energy usage

Here’s what Mayor Vern Lymburner, Mayor of the Town of Valleyview had to say about the project and participating in the Recreation Energy Conservation Program:

“With this upgrade, we not only reduce our environmental impact, but we also reduce energy use and cost. With lower costs, we are able to keep the user fees lower which will help make the groups that utilize this facility more viable.”

Vern Lymburner, Mayor, Town of Valleyview


Read more about the Recreation Energy Conservation Program