The Everett Public Facilities District and Global Spectrum today began installation of innovative LED lighting to the Comcast Arena, upgrading from metal halide bulbs to the higher quality, more efficient and interactive LED system.
Partnering with Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) on this energy-efficient project, the estimated annual savings are 278,799 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, reducing electrical costs by an estimated 70%.
“Silvertips fans will notice a difference when they walk in to Comcast Arena this season with the enhanced lighting both on the ice and off,” stated Rick Comeau, Global Spectrum’s General Manager at Comcast Arena at Everett. “The LED technology allows for greater interactivity from pre-game player intros to other promotions throughout the game. We appreciate the PUD identifying the energy-efficiency improvements to lower our operating and maintenance costs while providing a better quality environment for our guests.”
Not only is the lighting change more efficient, it also delivers more vibrant and consistent lighting improving the fan experience both in person and on broadcast TV. LED technologies will allow for enhanced game presentation including improved player intros, intermission activities, goal celebrations and more.
“Energy efficiency partnerships and projects like this are great for all PUD customers because they help reduce the amount of energy we need to generate or buy on the open market,” said Shelley Pattison, Executive Account Manager at Snohomish County PUD. “That helps to keep rates stable for families and businesses, and it’s also good for the environment.”
The Everett Public Facilities District and Global Spectrum continue to reduce the Comcast Arena at Everett’s overall carbon footprint including purchasing Green Power from the PUD, reclaiming heat produced by the ice refrigeration plant and recycling it for ambient air in the Comcast Community Ice Rink, retrofitting electricity and lighting, and using timers to reduce energy consumption.
Last year, the PUD partnered with local businesses to complete about 600 energy efficiency projects. These efforts, along with residential conservation programs, led to a record breaking year for the PUD and its customers for energy savings – enough to serve more than 8,500 homes.