Big Arenas and REALice

Big Arenas and REALice

Please join us for this operator-to-operator interview with Bryan Hawn, Arena Supervisor at Kal Tire Place in Vernon, BC. This is a big arena and home of the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL – capacity 3,003 and 500 standing.

A New Process to Reduce Costs – also in big arenas

Bryan is frank about moving to REALice’s cold floodwater technology.

“It’s not about our process being broken,” Bryan explains. “It’s about a new process to reduce the cost of making and maintaining the ice.”

He goes on to say that environmental savings were key when the City decided to adopt this technology.

“The City of Vernon is trying to reduce expenses and make its facilities more sustainable,” Hawn explains. “The City has already done a number of green initiatives and we felt, in the recreation department, that this was an opportunity to make our difference for the community. We all know there’s a lot of money spent on facilities so it’s great if we can save a little bit. Of course, ice quality is always a concern with any switch but at this point, I feel it’s doing really well.”

Sustainability, Reduced Consumption, and FortisBC Incentives

With the City’s projected annual energy cost savings of $22,280 at Kal Tire Place, the new system will recover the investment well before the end of this season with help of the FortisBC rebate. The reduced consumption will also contribute to just under 70 tCO2e less in annual greenhouse gas emissions for the City. With this facility successfully up and running, the City of Vernon has now converted ALL its indoor ice surfaces to REALice

The FortisBC point-of-sale rebate, exclusively for FortisBC customers, discounts the cost of a REALice system by 75% and includes a high-end mixing valve. The incentives are time-limited and will be reduced by $7K in January 2022.