Town of Athabasca Flips Gymnastics Club – Lighting Retrofit

This project was funded through the Recreation Energy Conservation Program

Town of Athabasca

2022Completion Year

$23,727.00Project Cost

$1900.13Cost Savings

$17,795.25MCCAC Funding

3.1Simple Payback Period

12,423 kWh/yearElectrical Energy Savings

7tonnes 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 Flip Gymnastics Club.

Flips Gym is a municipally owned facility located in the Town of Athabasca.  Built in 1978, it has a gross floor area of 1,044 m2. It used to be the community pool but was decommissioned and converted into a Gymnastics facility. The facility is a single storey except on the north side of the building where the mechanical room is located on the second floor.

The project was commissioned in July 2022.


The Flips Gymnastics Club lighting retrofit project included the replacement of 105 T8s and metal halide fixtures with 128 LED troffers and wall packs. 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 7 tCO2/year and an annual energy cost saving of $1900.13/year thus decreasing electricity costs. There is a 47% GHG reduction from the existing system and a 3% reduction facility-wide from the baseline.

“Athabasca will not only save on energy and distribution costs with this lighting upgrade, but it will also save on the cost of GHG emissions. That’s good news for residents of our Town. Additionally, users of the facility will benefit from improved lighting quality. It’s a win-win! Thanks to the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre rebate, the Town saved 75% of the cost for lighting that needed to be upgraded anyway.”

Mayor Robery 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 18.5 years.”

Kevin Jacobs, Municipal Energy Manager


Read more about the Recreation Energy Conservation Program