What do a church, car wash, golf course, retirement community and chain of Taco Bells have in common? They are each sustainability standouts in the Valley of the Sun and, among other local businesses, recognized by Salt River Project for truly improving the community by conserving resources and energy.
Today, SRP hosted its fifth annual Champions of Energy Efficiency Awards and Luncheon. The distinctive event honors top commercial energy savers for their ongoing commitment to energy efficiency. SRP honored 18 innovative Valley businesses for saving money and conserving resources by implementing improvements such as switching to light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs, upgrading air conditioning units and teaching employees to go green.
“SRP is committed to help businesses become more energy efficient by providing rebates for thousands of projects that our customers submit,” said Dan Dreiling, SRP director of Market Research and Customer Programs. “These companies serve as excellent examples for other businesses to follow by collaborating with SRP to make changes that yield big rewards in conservation efforts.”
SRP’s energy efficiency programs are essential to the success of SRP’s Sustainable Portfolio and 2035 Sustainability Goals, www.srpnet.com/2035, because decreasing energy use also helps reduce emissions and save money by deferring the need for future additional energy generation. SRP team members work year-round with businesses, municipalities and organizations of all sizes and in almost every industry to identify ways to conserve precious resources, cut costs and adapt to new technology. Because of this commitment to partnership, SRP surpassed its energy efficiency goals for a sixth consecutive year. Last year, the programs for both residential and commercial customers provided annual energy savings equal to 2.14 percent of SRP’s retail energy sales that resulted in a savings of 628,467 megawatt-hours, which is equivalent to powering more than 35,000 homes for one year.
2018 Champions of Energy Efficiency Award Winners