Spots Still Open: SRP’s 2023 Shade Tree Workshops on June 29, July 22 and August 26
Customers who attend the virtual workshop are eligible for two free shade trees to help cool their home
Editor’s note: Interviews are available with an SRP expert who can speak to SRP’s Shade Tree Program and the benefits of shade trees.
SRP’s popular Shade Tree Program returns with its first workshop of the year on Thursday, June 29. As these workshops typically fill up quickly, SRP is alerting customers there is still availability in its upcoming workshops.
Three free, virtual workshops still have spots available for customers, and registration for the Thursday, June 29 workshop closes on Monday, June 26. The workshops will be bilingual and closed captions will be offered for hearing-impaired customers. The workshop dates include:
Thursday, June 29 (registration closes on June 26)
Saturday, July 22
Saturday, August 26
Customers who attend the workshop are eligible to pick up two, 2- to 6-foot-tall shade tree saplings at a later date. The tree species offered to attendees include Native Mesquite, Palo Verde, Thornless Mesquite, Desert Willow, Willow Acacia, and Lilac Chaste, which is new to the program this year. When placed strategically around the home, shade trees can help cut cooling costs during the hot summer months.
SRP’s Shade Tree Program launched in 2012 and SRP hands out more than 5,000 shade trees every year as part of the program.
To be eligible for the program, attendees must:
- Be a current residential SRP electric customer
- Attend the workshop
- Have the legal right to plant trees on their property
- Renters need to get verbal permission from their landlord
- Plant trees on the south, west or east sides of their home
- Plant trees approximately 15-20 feet from exposed exterior walls and windows
- Be able to care for the tree, as needed
- Have not previously received trees for their property from the SRP Shade Tree Program
Before planting a tree, call Arizona 811 to find out where existing underground lines are located. One call to this free service notifies the appropriate local utilities, which send technicians to the requested site to mark the approximate location of existing underground lines.
Availability is limited. Customers can learn more and sign up for the program at srpnet.com/shadetrees.
SRP is a community-based, not-for-profit public power utility and the largest electricity provider in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, serving approximately 1.1 million customers. SRP provides water to about half of the Valley’s residents, delivering more than 244 billion gallons of water (750,000 acre-feet) each year, and manages a 13,000-square-mile watershed that includes an extensive system of reservoirs, wells, canals and irrigation laterals.