BLACK DIAMOND, AB: ALBERTA TOWN SHOWING OFF MONEY-SAVING CONSERVATION MEASURES
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By Jan Rose
Civic officials from Calgary and area would be well advised advised to the attend the Third Annual Sustainability Fair hosted by the Sustainable Black Diamond Advisory Committee being held May 12 at the Flare n' Derrick community hall in Turner Valley located at 131 Main Street. Turner Valley is located 60 kilometres southwest of Calgary.
Showcased at the event will be information showing how the community is conserving energy by using alternative energy sources and reducing water consumption.
Les Quinton, parks and recreation manager, said the town began water and energy conservation two decades ago. "It didn't happen overnight," he said, adding the town took the philosophy "that what could be done at home could be done in the town." The town has not only conserved natural gas consumption but electricity as well, so well that some income was made by selling excess electricity.
For 2017 the alternative energy produced at the Oilfields Regional Arena (ORA) generated 21,172 kilowatt hours of power. Of that amount 5,952 kilowatt hours of power was sold back to the grid. The Scott Seaman Sports Rink generated 6,590 kilowatt hours in 2017 and sold back 3,216 kilowatts of power.
For the ORA natural gas consumption was reduced to 4,845. The numbers for the town office are equally impressive.
Other measures to conserve energy include switching 90 percent of lighting in the arena to LEDs, said Quinton, retrofitting buildings for insulation and water, replacing worn equipment with energy efficient replacements, and lights with automatic cutoffs.
Power is supplied by solar panels placed atop various buildings and wind turbines.
The Fair runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact YvonneJ@town.blackdiamond.ab.ca for further information.
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