A major plan
The Parc olympique encompasses several facilities, including the Olympic Stadium, Montréal Tower and Olympic pool. Owned by the government of Québec, it aims to set an example in all aspects of management, and its energy use is no exception. Because the park’s facilities were built several years ago and the equipment was obsolete, there were opportunities for sizeable energy efficiency gains.
Seeking to reduce its energy bill and overall operating budget, the park called upon consulting engineer and the experts at Hydro‑Québec. Among the solutions that were implemented is the refurbishment of the thermal generating station that was put into service in 1976. The vast underground facilities did not allow for optimized efficiency because several of the cooling units struggled to regulate their operation. Four units were replaced by more recent models and, as a result, the organization reduced its energy consumption and operating costs. In addition to refurbishing the thermal generating station, the Parc olympique replaced 18,000 neon lights with LED fixtures.