Commercial Energy Efficiency Programs from SRP

Salt River Project’s commercial energy efficiency programs range from offering common facility upgrades to customized solutions with review of customer projects for potential energy-efficient upgrades unique to their facilities and operations. These programs frequently provide business rebates for purchases of popular high-efficiency equipment used in lighting, HVAC, compressed air, refrigeration, data center and building envelope applications, and more. Additionally, SRP has programs designed exclusively for small business customers who consume less than 145,000 kilowatt-hours per year and provides a no-cost walkthrough assessment of the customer’s lighting and HVAC systems and discounted pricing for new qualifying technologies.

“We also have a Business Demand Response program that pays companies to temporarily reduce energy use when needed during capacity-constraint situations that impact the power grid,” says Kelly Barr, chief strategy, corporate services and sustainability executive at Salt River Project. “These include extreme summer weather, wholesale price spikes or unexpected system issues. By participating, a business can earn payments without foregoing operational reliability and simultaneously increase sustainability efforts.”

SRP’s Electric Technologies (E-Tech) program helps commercial and industrial customers identify opportunities to electrify fossil fuel-fired technology in an effort to reduce carbon emissions, improve working conditions and lower ongoing maintenance and operation costs. The program’s current rebates cover electric forklifts, smart forklift charging equipment, infrastructure for electric standby truck refrigeration units and electric truck stop bays. The program also offers assessment services and rebates to cover larger, more complex custom electrification projects.

Pointing out that SRP continues to make significant investments in clean energy resources, like wind and solar, as well as battery storage, Barr notes that, while storage technology further develops and SRP expands its operational usage and data, this resource growth must still be balanced with strategic investments in gas-fired and nuclear generation. “This comprehensive approach positions SRP to continue expanding our mix of renewable energy resources while also ensuring reliable power for our customers, particularly during the hottest months of the year.” 

SRP has worked with ASU for more than 40 years to tackle issues facing the Phoenix metropolitan area, the State of Arizona and the Southwest region. “Recently, our two organizations formed a formal, long-term strategic partnership focused on building communities of the future, with research and development programs in building energy solutions, with a core goal of comprehensively addressing resilience and adaptation to climate change,” Barr says. Citing the development of more sustainable transit in the cities of the future, improvement in water security via forest restoration and expansion of education in energy and STEM as a few examples of those efforts, she notes SRP believes that, as with anything in the desert, conservation is key to a successful future.

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