Except in this case, the equipment isn’t new treadmills, bikes or an electronic scoreboard, it’s actually something that will help those things run – 600 solar panels installed on the leisure centre’s roof.
Covering the same space as the ice surface of Southland’s Joseph Kryczka arena, this solar set up will generate 160,000 – 184,000 kWh every year – which is equal to the amount used by 21 – 24 average Calgary homes. And in doing so, will also affect the centre’s environmental footprint.
Up on the roof
While you won’t be able to see the panels, we put together this video to give you an idea of what 600 panels capturing the sun look like.
Efficient in more than one way
Better yet, we have other sustainable projects on the go with The City of Calgary including:
• The connection of City facilities, including the Calgary Municipal Building, the Alberta Trade Centre and the Andrew Davidson Building to ENMAX’s District Energy Centre;
• A 50kW solar power plant at Bearspaw Occupational Work Centre;
• A city wide LED street lighting program that will reduce operating costs by an average of $5M annually when completed in 2018; and
• Dozens of facility retrofits, sub-metering and energy audits at recreation facilities to support energy conservation and efficiency.