Success Stories

  • Vancouver, April 10th, 2020 – REALice is award winning technology and therefore among the most effective, sustainable choices that municipalities put into play to quietly reducing their impact on the environment while saving on operating costs. We are thrilled and like to congratulate the City of Nanaimo, the City of Edmonton and......

  • From the Mayor's Megawatt Challenge Forum to installation to a Measurement and Verification study - how REALice is reducing the Town of Caledon's electric, natural gas and CO2 emissions at the Mayfield Recreation Complex....

  • December 3rd, 2019 – Saanich News reports on the District of Saanich’s purchase of a second REALice system for Pearkes Arena’s Green rink. The District was able to benefit from the FortisBC rebate which offered a refund of $20,000 for the system. The rebate applies to indoor rinks......

  • November 12th, 2019 – With the purchase of a second REALice system for the Green rink at the G.R. Pearkes Arena, the era of flooding ice rinks with hot water is coming to an end in Saanich, BC. In 2016, the District of Saanich installed their first REALice system at Pearkes’ Gold rink.......

  • Vancouver, November 6th, 2019 – The District of Sparwood installed a REALice system this summer to turn off the hot water for all of their ice resurfacing. “We are very excited to have the REALice system in our arena,” says Duane Lawrence, Director of Community......

  • October 26, 2019 – The Vadnais Sports Center in Vadnais Heights, MN installed a REALice system for their indoor twin ice arena more than two years ago. Electric and natural gas utility Xcel Energy offered a rebate to Ramsey County to install the energy-saving water treatment system that amounted......

  • Pechanga Arena San Diego has been using REALice to make its ice since March, 2018. The 14,000-seat AEG-owned facility is home to the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League and off-ice events like Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live and concerts like country singer Luke Combs.  Here at REALice, we’re proud of the installation. And so......

  • August 7th, Powell River, BC – The Powell River Peak reported on technology upgrades to save energy and cost at the Powell River Recreation Complex. The REALice system is one these energy upgrades. Neil Pukesh, City Manager of Recreation states in the article that staff members have been......

  • Vancouver, July 3, 2019 – The City of Chilliwack today confirmed its order for a second REALice system for a third ice sheet under construction at the Sardis Sports Complex. “We are happy to be incorporating a second REALice system into our newest rink,” said Ryan......

  • Wade Yianakopolos is the operations manager at The Rinks at Exeter in Exeter, New Hampshire. When Wade and his team put in their REALice water treatment system at the beginning of December, 2018, the ice for the twin pads was already in. Following our best practices,......

  • From time to time we like to share testimonials and real world arena experience with REALice. Recently, Scott Fusco, one of the GMs at Edge Sports Center, a busy two-pad facility in Massachusetts, took time to comment on their positive experience making the REALice switch.......

  • Fred Kilner is one of REALice Canada’s biggest fans and we couldn’t be more grateful for his support. Last week, Fred Kilner, Facility Supervisor for the Fuller Lake Arena in North Cowichan, BC described his experience using REALice for the last five years on the......

  • Sometimes we are happy to share a story about REALice from the US. Especially when we believe there is some good value in the information also for our fellow Canadian ice makers, arena operators and energy managers. In this case, we would like to highlight a feedback from Steve Wolf,......

  • In New Hampshire, Unitil offered incentives covering between 35-45% of the project cost on two different arenas in 2018. Here is their press release: “February 8th, 2019 – Two Unitil customers, the City of Dover and North Atlantic Hockey Group LLC, recently received incentives under......

  • Did you know REALice is creating a buzz and making an impact in Atlantic Canada? In a CBC radio segment from Dec 2018, Ben Givlin, the regional recreational director for Baie Verte, Pacquet, and Middle Arm, speaks about how they’re lowering the costs of the......

  • The Barclays Center in New York City, home to the New York Islanders, have been using the REALice system since the 2017/2018 season and will continue to make their ice with REALice. Barclays Center is the next arena after Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC using the REALice system......

  • SWiCH Services Inc. is proud to announce that the City of Mississauga has ordered a REALice system for the Erin Mills Twin Arena. This will be the second REALice cold water resurfacing technology installation in that city; the first being made at Iceland Mississauga back......

  • Congratulations University of Alberta! The first University in Canada to Use REALice’s Cold Water Resurfacing Technology! The University of Alberta is now using REALice technology for their ice making and ice resurfacing at the Clare Drake Arena! As part of the University’s commitment to save energy and greenhouse gas emissions......

  • Purchased with the help of Tacoma Public Utilities, Twin Rinks in Tacoma wasn’t sure what to expect from their new piece of equipment. Using the REALice system, Tacoma Twin Rinks is getting crystal clear water without having to boil out the air. “It saves them a ton of energy,......

  • The City of Camrose is the first city in Alberta to switch over all three of their ice sheets to the REALice system. This year they will begin flooding all of their ice pads with unheated water to make great ice, save energy, and GHG......

  • If you saw the ice at the Oilfields Regional Arena in Black Diamond, Alberta, you would never imagine the ice plant producing such great ice is what most ice makers would consider underpowered or “sub-par”. But it is — and has been long before Les Quinton......

  • Arenas are one of the highest energy consuming facilities in Canada. Overhead heating, lights, refrigeration, and heating water have historically drawn a lot of energy in arenas. Arena Operators and Maintenance Workers, Energy Mangers, and community groups are working with green technology, like REALice, and......

  • We get a great deal of amazing customer feedback, but this YouTube video from the City of Nanaimo was quite the nice surprise. And just take a look at their ice!!!...

  • This summer, REALice was installed in the Nanaimo Ice Centre and now maintenance workers resurface their 2 NHL-sized ice sheets with cold water. Speaking about the impact the REALice system has for the City of Nanaimo, Scott Pamminger (Manager, Infrastructure Planning and Energy with the......

  • The City of Nanaimo was looking for opportunities to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. This summer, REALice was installed in the Nanaimo Ice Centre and now maintenance workers resurface their 2 NHL-sized ice sheets with cold water. When Scott Pamminger (Manager, Infrastructure Planning and......

  • Enbridge created an Energy Leaders initiative incentive program to promote early adoption of emerging technologies among commercial and industrial natural gas customers. The George Bell arena, in Toronto ON participated in the program and qualified for a rebate to cover 50% of the cost of......

  • In 2014, FortisBC ran a large scale pilot project that introduced REALice technology in 10 ice arenas across BC. According to FortisBC, together, the 10 participating ice arenas reduced their energy consumption by 2,900 gigajoules per year! That’s like taking 714 cars off the road......

  • May 1, 2017 – Trico Centre for Family Wellness (Calgary, AB), a busy year-round multi-use recreation facility with twin NHL-sized ice rinks, has purchased and installed a REALice system to resurface their ice with unheated water. This community-owned non-profit takes pride in operating their facility......

  • Oak Bay Rec Centre is located just outside Victoria, British Columbia. It has a multi-user arena facility that is open all year round and the ice is resurfaced on average 8 times per day. The Oak Bay Rec Centre operations team has committed to a strategic energy management program......

  • Arena technical and maintenance supervisor Barry Richards tells how REALice works with the existing reclaim heat at the Pearkes Arena in Saanich, BC....

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