FortisAlberta LED project to save energy and money
Today, Sturgeon County’s participation in a FortisAlberta energy efficiency lighting project was marked with the presentation of a plaque to Sturgeon County Council. Dora L’Heureux, stakeholder relations manager for FortisAlberta, presented the plaque, which will be permanently displayed in Cardiff Park.
“Cardiff Park is one of many popular parks in Sturgeon County, and it is great when we can upgrade the lighting to help reduce costs and impacts on the environment while maintaining the park that so many residents enjoy,” said Mayor Alanna Hnatiw. “Thank you to FortisAlberta for the support and helping to brighten Cardiff Park for County residents and visitors.”
Cardiff Park has new high efficiency LED lighting fixtures saving Sturgeon County approximately $1,100 per year in energy costs. All facilities in the park had the interior and exterior lighting replaced by a local contractor in December 2021.
The new lighting was funded through a Fortis Save Energy Grant. Sturgeon County applied for the grant in early November 2021, and it was approved a week later. Fortis provided a $5,000 grant to pay for 95 per cent of the project.
The LEDs will require less maintenance due to no ballast or bulb replacements, have a longer service life, and use 70 per cent less electricity.
Environmental Stewardship is one of Sturgeon County’s community outcomes identified in the 2022-2025 Strategic Plan. Moving to energy efficient lighting at Cardiff Park is a step towards achieving carbon neutral municipal practices.