Falmouth Ice Arena To Receive Energy Efficiency Award

Falmouth Ice Arena will receive an award for energy efficiency from Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships in June. Among the building's features are a low-emissivity ceiling, Green Machine refrigeration system, solar panels, and motion sensors to reduce lighting use. - Falmouth Ice Arena will receive an award for energy efficiency from Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships in June. Among the building's features are a low-emissivity ceiling, Green Machine refrigeration system, solar panels, and motion sensors to reduce lighting use.

Falmouth Ice Arena will be honored by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) as the Cape Light Compact’s 2014 Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency. The award, to be presented at the Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit in June, is for the arena’s success in advancing energy efficiency in the rink’s design and operations. The arena’s energy efficiency measures have meant annual energy savings of over 500,000 kWh, and annual cost savings of more than $85,000.

“Falmouth Ice Arena is considered to be one of the most energy efficient facilities of its kind in the country,” said Maggie Downey, Cape Light Compact administrator.

“The energy savings are phenomenal,” said Paul Moore of Falmouth Youth Hockey, adding that “this means more money can be spent on programs that directly benefit the community.”

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Mr. Moore said the organization’s development team began working with Cape Light Compact in 2010 to identify incentives for energy efficient design. The compact awarded $243,410 in incentives for above-code energy efficiency measures such as lighting and controls, refrigeration and building shell measures.

Over 3,300 solar panels were installed both on the roof and in the adjacent parking shelter of the rink. Because the efficiency of the rink design significantly reduces annual energy use, the solar panels produce approximately as much energy each year as the rink uses annually, which makes the building a net-zero electric facility.

The ice arena, which was built in 2012 on Technology Park Drive in East Falmouth to replace the old rink on Skating Lane, is owned by Falmouth Youth Hockey, Inc., and is open to regional hockey and skating groups and the general public during scheduled hours. 

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