Town of Athabasca: Athabasca Regional Multiplex – Lighting Retrofit  

This project was funded through the Recreation Energy Conservation Program

Town of Athabasca

2022Completion Year

$135,575.90Project Cost

$22,066.08Cost Savings

$101,681.93MCCAC Funding

1.5Simple Payback Period

179,399kWh/yearElectrical Energy Savings

102tonnes 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 Athabasca completed an LED lighting retrofit throughout the Athabasca Regional Multiplex. 

Located in the town of Athabasca, the Athabasca Regional Multiplex facility has two storeys and was constructed in 2008 with an additional pool area constructed in 2019. It has an approximate total floor area of 11,596 m² and fenestration (window and door) of 11%. The facility has a curling rink, a hockey rink, a fieldhouse, and a swimming pool. The building also has offices, common areas, conference/activity rooms, a concession kitchen, a fitness area, washrooms, and a daycare.  

The project was commissioned in November 2022. 


The lighting retrofit project included the replacement of 2,716 T5s, T8s, CFL lamps, and metal halide fixtures with 2,726 LED T8 replacements, highbays, and pole-mounted 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 102 tCO2/year and an annual energy cost saving of $22,066.08/year thus decreasing electricity costs. There is a 56% GHG reduction from the existing system and a 5% reduction facility-wide from the baseline. 

Reducing the energy consumption of lighting is a low-hanging fruit with a quick payback for The Athabasca Regional Multiplex having a large positive impact on energy costs, lighting quality, and GHG emissions. That’s great for Town and County residents and facility users. Additionally, the Multiplex saved 75% on the cost of the project thanks to the MCCAC REC rebate!

Mayor Robert Balay  

After salaries, a recreation facility’s biggest operational cost is energy. The lighting upgrade will save on energy, carbon, and distribution costs for many years to come as the life expectancy for this project is 17 years. This is a high-value upgrade that has multiple benefits, including energy cost savings, GHG reductions, and improved lighting quality for facility users.

Kevin Jacobs, Municipal Energy Manager 


Read more about the Recreation Energy Conservation Program