Grant will reduce emissions at Guy-Donnelly Sportex

A RealIce deaerator system has been installed in Guy-Donnelly Sportex with a grant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Standing, left-right, are Guy-Donnelly Sportex Society vice-president Marc Brochu and past-president Vance Yaremko with the RealIce deaerator system.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

The Village of Donnelly has scored a $25,000 grant to save energy and money to operate the Guy-Donnelly Sportex.

Donnelly received a grant of $25,227 from the Recreation Energy Conservation Funding Program through the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre, says a news release from the Village on Aug. 29.

The $25,227 grant allowed the Guy-Donnelly Sportex Society to install a deaerator designed by REALIce on the facility’s ice-making system to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Village council and the Sportex society have been looking at ways to reduce operational costs that will also help the facility become more environmentally friendly,” says Emily Plihal, Donnelly’s climate change co-ordinator.

“After installing the deaerator system, it is expected that the facility will notice greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 45 tCO2e per year.

“Notably, this reduces energy consumption by an expected 43,000 kWh annually, which will save significant amounts of money spent on utilities.”

The REALIce water treatment system for arenas eliminates the need for hot water when building and resurfacing ice. The system removes the micro-air bubbles from water without using chemicals, filters or membranes.

With the ability to utilize cold water during the process, facilities will notice substantially lower utility costs annually and over the lifetime of the device.

Plihal says the unit was installed at the beginning of August and will be utilized when the facility gets ready to open later this fall.

The grant is the second major grant in weeks received by the Sportex committee.

They received a $25,000 cheque from St. Isidore Co-op Aug. 11 under the Co-op Community Spaces program. The funds will used to install new lighting over the ice surface, flooring for badminton courts for the off-season, a new compressor for the ice rink and repairs to the roof.

Since 2015, the co-op has been helping build places for everyone.

“We are excited to help fund these enhancements to the Sportex through Co-op Community Spaces,” store manager Brian Labrecque says.

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