By Courtney Harrison
PENTICTON – The South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC) says it is committed to reducing its carbon footprint.
That’s why the facility has partnered with the City of Penticton to trade in the current metal halide bulbs for a new LED lighting system at the SOEC, Okanagan Hockey Academy and Memorial Arena.
The South Okanagan Events Centre has traded metal halide bulbs for an innovative LED lighting system .
The energy efficient project is projected to save 517,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year which will reduce electrical costs by 75 per cent.
“This LED project will not only save electrical costs, but with zero heat-load from the lighting, we will see additional savings in the refrigeration of all three ice surfaces and air-conditioning within the facility,” says SOEC Director of Operations, Wayne Pansegrau.
SOEC Director of Marketing Carla Seddon says there will be no maintenance costs for 10 years and the savings for the facility are upwards of a half million dollars.
Seddon adds the new lighting exceeds standards set by the NHL, which will aid in attracting new events and keeping existing ones; such as the Vancouver Canucks Young Stars Classic.
The venue will host the fifth annual six-game, four team rookie tournament from September 11 to 14.
Seddon says people will notice a difference both on and off the ice as the lighting is more vibrant and consistent, creating a better experience for spectators both in person and on television.