Mass. hockey league opens solar-powered rink

Saturday June 16, 2012

FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) -- A youth hockey league on the Cape is combining sun and ice in a new energy efficient hockey rink.

The Falmouth Youth Hockey League officially opened its new solar-powered, 49,000 square foot ice rink on Saturday.

The $6 million arena, with an NHL-sized rink, seats 700 and is built to use half the energy of similar facilities.

It has about 3,300 solar panels on its rooftops and carports. It's also built with efficiency features, including a system that recovers waste heat from the refrigeration system and uses it to melt snow and heat water for ice resurfacing.

The hockey league built the rink with money from private donors and league supporters.

The solar energy system was provided through an agreement with ConEdison Solutions, which will own and operate it.


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