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Valley Businesses Lead the Way in Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

SRP Honors 2023 Champions of Sustainability

SRP has named 14 local businesses Champions of Sustainability for outstanding achievements in electrification, energy efficiency and clean energy through participation in SRP’s Business Solutions Program. The awardees were recognized today at the 10th Annual Champions of Sustainability Awards luncheon held at the Arizona Biltmore. 

SRP’s Business Solutions Program provides business of all sizes with technical expertise and thousands of dollars in incentives to make facility improvements, upgrade equipment and install tools and systems that help reduce energy use and increase energy savings.   

“SRP is proud to partner with our commercial customers to help them achieve their sustainability goals through energy efficiency and electrification,” said Rudy Navarro, SRP interim associate general manager and chief customer executive. “These sustainability efforts not only benefit the business, but their customers and the greater Phoenix community as well.”  

In total, SRP commercial energy efficiency programs have saved customers nearly 1.3 million megawatt hours of electricity, which is enough energy to power more than 78,000 single-family homes for a year.  

The energy savings earned through the Business Solutions Program also support SRP’s 2035 Sustainability Goals related to energy efficiency, demand response, transportation electrification and customer technologies.  

To learn more about SRP’s energy efficiency and sustainability programs for business of all sizes, visit savewithsrpbiz.com.  

2023 Champions of Sustainability Award Winners 

Arizona Biltmore  
Arizona Biltmore parent company, BRE Hotels & Resorts, provides upscale extended-stay and select-service properties at more than 100 hotels and resorts (including the Arizona Biltmore) throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and Brazil. The Arizona Biltmore is among the first Valley area hospitality companies to participate in the SRP Business Demand Response Program™ and recently completed an upgrade of 12,000 fixtures to LED lighting throughout the historic property. The resort is also adding electric vehicle charging to customer parking areas. 

AZ Emergency Products  
Formed in 2009, American Emergency Products is the largest emergency vehicle up-fitter in the Southwestern United States. They completed a lighting project for police and emergency responder vehicles that included the installation of re-lamps along with new LED fixtures.  

City of Glendale  
Incorporated in 1910, the city of Glendale is now home to 250,784 residents as well as plenty of places to live, work and play. Glendale implemented sustainability initiatives as the Super Bowl host in 2008 and 2015 – and 2023 was no different. They partnered with builders to improve sustainable home development, including prewiring homes in StoneHaven, an SRP ENERGY STAR® Homes community in Glendale for electric vehicles, as well as other smart home and energy efficiency upgrades making their home some of the most efficient in the region.   

EVgo is one of the nation’s largest public networks of fast chargers, all powered by 100% renewable energy. EVgo currently has over 850 fast charging stations in more than 60 metropolitan areas. The company has added 12 direct current fast charging (DCFC) stations in shopping centers throughout Phoenix and powered more than 400 million electric miles since 2018, reducing the U.S. carbon footprint by 180,000 metric tons.  

Evoque Data Center Solutions  
Evoque provides data centers and connectivity solutions that help enhance their customers’ growth and empower progress at scale. The company implemented retro-commissioning projects such as managed energy programs, HVAC management and lighting, resulting in 1,057,472 kW of energy savings.  

Ferguson Enterprises LLC  
Ferguson is the largest U.S. distributor of plumbing supplies, PVF, waterworks and fire and fabrication products. It is also a major distributor of HVAC equipment and industrial products and services. They opened a new energy efficient distribution center in Chandler, AZ that also has nearly one megawatt of solar.  

Harrison Properties  
Harrison Properties LLC owns, leases and manages over 12 million square feet of industrial properties in southwest Phoenix, Arizona; over 2 million square feet in Salt Lake City, Utah; and over 500,000 square feet in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The company’s milk processing plant features its third solar project, a 979-kW system. 

Hospice of the Valley  
As one of the nation's largest not-for-profit hospices, Hospice of the Valley provides compassionate palliative, hospice and grief care for those facing serious illness. The nonprofit made energy efficiency upgrades, including lighting and HVAC with the construction of their new facility, resulting in 129,984 kWh of annual energy savings.  

Founded in 1954, Lennar is one of the nation's largest homebuilder and is the first Valley builder to make all new construction homes electric vehicle-ready.  

Maricopa Community Colleges  
Maricopa Community Colleges is a public community college district in Maricopa County, Arizona. Headquartered in Tempe, it’s among the largest community college districts in the United States, serving more than 100,000 students each year in the Phoenix metropolitan area. MCC made chiller upgrades at its Scottsdale and Mesa locations, leading to a total of 733,018 kWh savings.  

Queen Creek School District 95  
Queen Creek School District 95 serves approximately 14,000 pre-school through 12th-grade students at 15 schools.  The school district joined the SRP Business Demand Response Program™ and achieved a 1,786-kW reduction in energy use.  

Rotor X Aircraft Manufacturing  
For over 50 years, Rotor X Aircraft Manufacturing Co. has produced the world's most affordable and reliable two-seat personal kit-built helicopters. The company undertook a comprehensive energy efficiency upgrade at their west Chandler, Arizona, manufacturing facility – implementing LED fixtures and smart thermostats. 

Safari Drive Condominiums  
The Safari Drive Condominiums have been certified by the City of Scottsdale’s Green Building Program for multifamily dwellings. The community features make-ready and 75 Level 2 chargers and the large underground tenant-only parking features electric vehicle charging stations.  

Sun Communities  
Since 1975, Sun Communities has acquired, operated, developed and expanded manufactured home and RV communities. Their 18 solar carport systems for RVs have generated 1,633.7 kW of power.  

About SRP

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.