Increased safety, sustainability and shade along with staving off the urban heat island impact are at the root of SRP’s Right Tree Right Place program. The initiative, which is a partnership between SRP and the communities it serves, grew from an ongoing need for crews to trim or remove thousands of trees each year because they encroach on power lines.
Trees growing near power lines present various safety hazards and threaten power reliability. Branches that come into contact with power lines can cause outages or even spark fires. This usually results from wind or stormy weather. In addition, direct or indirect contact with overhead or underground power lines during tree and shrub trimming and/or removal poses a risk of electrocution. The dangerous nature of the task means it’s best to seek assistance, including contacting the experts for line marking before digging.
Right Tree Right Place helps protect and preserve the integrity of SRP’s electrical lines and power delivery while keeping communities safe. It also furthers the organization’s commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship. For each tree that is removed, SRP crews plant two or three new trees in areas such as parks, schoolyards, along roadways and in other public spaces. This bolsters free shade offerings, captures carbon in the air and helps reduce the urban heat island effect – all while creating greener, more beautiful communities.
New trees taking root
Since its launch in 2018, Right Tree Right Place has removed more than 970 trees that were threatening safety and power reliability in cities across the Valley. In return, 3,126 new trees were planted in safe, more appropriate areas. SRP partners with a different city in its service area each year. Past partnerships have included Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Glendale and Avondale. SRP has partnered with the City of Peoria in 2022.
SRP named Tree Line USA Award winner
For the 26th time, SRP has been honored by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Line USA Award recipient. The distinction recognizes the organization’s commitments to proper tree care and safety practices, public education, tree-based energy conservation and more.
Free shade trees help customers save
Residential power customers who plant trees around their homes can reap energy-saving benefits like cooler indoor temperatures and reduced cooling costs through SRP’s Shade Tree Program. Customers can receive two complimentary desert-friendly trees (4-to-6-foot saplings) after attending a free workshop on planting and caring for the trees. Through the program, 5,000 shade trees are planted throughout the Valley each year.
Never try to trim trees around power lines
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