Desert Botanical Garden goes greener

SRP customer donations to ‘Solar for Nonprofits’ help DBG

Thanks to the generosity of customers who donated to the SRP Solar for Nonprofits program, much of the energy powering the Desert Botanical Garden will be as green as this spring’s desert landscape.

The Salt River Project customer-funded program helped finance solar installations on four buildings’ rooftops that cumulatively add up to 100 kilowatts. The solar systems are providing green power to the Desert Botanical Garden’s Horticulture Center, Weisz Learning Center, Marley Education and Volunteer Building, and Ottosen Gallery.

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The solar systems will generate carbon-free electricity for the Desert Botanical Garden as well as help the nonprofit save nearly $13,000 a year on electric bills.

The SRP Solar for Nonprofits program donation is covering the bulk of the installation costs, including racking, inverters, wiring and labor. These costs were funded by the more than 3,600 SRP customers who donate as little as $3 each month to help nonprofit organizations around the Valley utilize solar energy. First Solar donated the systems’ photovoltaic panels.

One hundred percent of the SRP Solar for Nonprofits program funds are used to provide solar electric systems to Valley nonprofit organizations. Since 2007 the program has donated 57 solar photovoltaic installations, resulting in more than $450,000 in savings for nonprofits such as the Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix, Liberty Wildlife and Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona.

“We are so grateful to SRP and its customers who made this solar array installation possible,” said Desert Botanical Garden Executive Director Ken Schutz.  “As a conservation organization, Desert Botanical Garden tries to set a good example for energy conservation and the responsible use of resources.  This gift from SRP and the community has moved us light years ahead of where we were.”

The Desert Botanical Garden furthers its environmental efforts by participating in the SRP EarthWise Energy program, which ensures all of its buildings match 100 percent of their energy needs with renewable energy.

“We are very thankful to our customers for providing support for nonprofit organizations such as the Desert Botanical Garden,” said Lori Singleton, SRP’s director of Customer Programs and Operations Support. “In addition to helping nonprofits save money, the program contributes to the growth of solar energy in the Valley and educates customers on the importance of renewable energy.”

Featured photo of the solar system courtesy of Desert Botanical Garden. 

Patty Garcia-Likens

Patty Garcia-Likens

Patty works in Media Relations and is a spokesperson for SRP’s environmental and community outreach groups.

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