City completes installation of cogeneration system at Big Marble Go Centre

Medicine Hat – In partnership with the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre’s (MCCAC) Recreation Energy Conservation (REC) program, the City of Medicine Hat has completed the installation and commissioning of a cogeneration, or combined heat and power (CHP) generation, system at Big Marble Go Centre.

The unit will generate electricity for the facility from natural gas and any normally wasted heat from electrical generation will also be captured and used to heat the building air and pool water.

This dual utilization removes inefficiencies from generating the heat for boilers and electricity for facility separately, as well as electrical transmission losses, resulting in a net reduction in energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and ongoing operating costs.

“This innovative solution and the technology are something we, as residents of the city, can all be proud of,” said Councillor Alison Van Dyke, Chair of the Energy & Infrastructure Committee. “We’re reducing our impact on the environment and seeing cost savings at the same time.”

The grant program provided approximately $485,000 towards the total investment, which is anticipated to save roughly $100,000 per year in operating costs.

“We are delighted that Medicine Hat residents can get active at the Big Marble Go Centre, knowing that their city is saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the same time,” said Trina Innes, Executive Director of Sustainability Services at Alberta Municipalities.

The main unit was placed in the courtyard of the facility in February, followed by assembly and building connections. Sound dampening has been included to minimize any impact on the facility. Additional components arrived in July and the final commissioning has now been completed.

Big Marble Go Centre offers a wide variety of recreation options for individuals, families and groups to meet, grow, laugh, explore and more. The unit will run 24/7/365, with the exception of scheduled maintenance.

The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre is a partnership of Alberta Municipalities, Rural Municipalities of Alberta, and the Government of Alberta. Since 2009, the Action Centre’s funding and technical assistance has catalyzed $90 million on investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency upgrades.

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