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SRP’s Shade Tree Program giving 2 trees to customers who take online course

Jun 7, 2024, 4:15 AM | Updated: 5:28 am

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SRP's Shade Tree Program Pickup Event at ASU's Polytechnic Campus on Saturday, April 13. (Courtesy of SRP)

(Courtesy of SRP)

PHOENIX — SRP’s Shade Tree program is back for the summer, offering customers two free trees for completing an online course, the utilities company announced Wednesday.

To receive the trees, customers must take an online workshop that demonstrates how to plant and take care of them. Once fully grown, the trees will keep homes cooler and keep energy costs lower.

Five different kinds of trees are available to choose from, including Palo Verde, Native Mesquite, Thornless Mesquite, Willow Acacia, Desert Willow and Lilac Chaste. Saplings are between 2-6 feet at selection.

“SRP is proud to offer its customers another great way to save on their energy bills while also increasing tree cover and helping local ecosystems,” SRP Senior Product Manager Lori Gonzales said in a news release.

Since the program was launched in 2012, more than 62,000 trees have been given out.

The return of the long-term shading program comes as Arizona saw its first 110-degree day of the year on Thursday, reaching a new daily record as well.

Registration is open for the following workshops, which each last an hour and 15 minutes:

  • July 13 at 10 a.m.
  • Aug. 1 at 12 p.m.
  • Aug. 24 at 10 a.m.

To be eligible for the program, customers must meet the following criteria, according to SRP:

  • 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.

More information is available on the company’s website.

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