Solar-powered hockey rinks – supported by Bullfrog community – celebrate 275 carbon neutral days!

Oilfields Regional Arena

 

The Town of Black Diamond, Alberta was named in 1907 for the coal mine opened in the town more than 100 years ago. Flash forward to 2017—and Black Diamond is now home to eight green energy projects and counting. It’s setting an example for municipalities across Canada that transitioning to renewables step by step is well within reach!

In 2013, thanks the support of our customers, Bullfrog Power helped fund a 10 kW solar installation on the roof of the Oilfields Regional Arena, Black Diamond’s local indoor hockey rink. In addition to benefiting the environment, all of the savings achieved as a result of the power being generated from this project are reinvested in the Town’s sustainability efforts. The money goes into a Green Fund that is used to fund future renewable energy projects.

The Oilfields Regional Arena is celebrating 177 net-zero days – when the solar panels generate enough power to cover all of the facility’s electricity needs – since December, 2013. The solar panels on the outdoor Scott Seaman Sports Rink, funded using savings from Black Diamond’s Green Fund, have achieved an additional 98 net-zero days since its launch in September, 2016. That’s 275 carbon neutral days!

What’s next in Black Diamond’s transition to renewables? The Town plans to expand the solar on their outdoor Sports Rink to further reduce its environmental footprint—adding to the six solar installations and two wind turbines they’ve already developed.

To date, Bullfrog Power has provided funding to more than 115 community-based green energy projects across Canada. Learn more about how you can support the development of green energy projects like this one here.

 

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Comments

  1. That is a great initiative! However, could you please clarify on the net-zero meaning? A 10kW seems not at all enough to meet the energy needs of an highly intensive energy consuming facility such an ice rink arena..
    We are currently waiting AISP approval for an arena where energy needs are around 235 MWh which would require a 180 kw system to be true net-zero (and that’s taking into account the arena only operates on winter)
    Anyway great thanks for all these support to implement renewable energy technologies all around Canada!

    1. Hi Juan, while Bullfrog funded the 10 kW system, in the blog post we note that there are also “six solar installations and two wind turbines” as well as a lot of energy efficiency work that has gone into these two arenas. For a more in-depth look at all that Les Quinton has done to get to this point, check out this profile on Green Energy Futures: http://www.greenenergyfutures.ca/episode/65-community-solar

  2. Indoor ice arenas can be energy black holes. For Les Quinton and the Town of Black Diamond, they’ve taken an energy liability and with help from partners like Bullfrog Power, made it great. Congratulations to all of you for your tenacity and vision for the future.

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