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Alberta unveils rec centre retrofit program

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Alberta unveils rec centre retrofit program
PROVINCE OF ALBERTA — A child practices at a pool at the Southern Alberta Summer Games in Raymond, Alta. The province recently announced a new program to help fund upgrades to recreation centres to make them more energy efficient.

LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. — The Province of Alberta is chipping in $9 million to help retrofit recreation centres with the new Recreation Energy Conservation Program.

The money will be distributed through the Climate Leadership Plan to retrofit centres with energy-efficient technology. Any municipality in the province can apply for up to $750,000 in funding.

“Whether it’s for hockey practice or swim class, nothing is more Albertan than taking a trip to the community centre,” said Shannon Phillips, minister of the environment, in a release. “By helping facilities make energy-efficiency upgrades, municipalities will save money and reduce their emissions, and people will notice the changes when they visit with their families. This program will have a big impact in communities across Alberta.”

While the funds will be used to purchase technology, the province noted municipalities can also use it to pay for scoping audits and engineering studies. The funds also apply to a wide range of centres, including arenas, pools, rinks, community centres and multiplexes.

“We know municipalities want to make energy-efficient choices, which will reduce energy costs and emissions,” said Shaye Anderson, minister of municipal affairs. “This program allows municipalities to purchase energy-efficient products, retrofit existing facilities or plan for future energy-efficient upgrades to recreation centres. It’s a win-win for municipalities and Albertans.”

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