The Office of Sustainability and the Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with CPS Energy to continue the Green Shade Trees for Energy Savings Rebate Program.One of the primary goals of Green Shade is for residents and business owners to plant trees around their home or business to enhance the tree canopy in our community while at the same time saving energy savings and reducing utility costs by shading buildings.
The Green Shade Tree Rebate Program began in Oct. 1 of 2010 and since then 5,735 new trees have been planted; 2,943 residential customers have been revived rebates; and more than 140 businesses have benefited from the tree Rebate Program.
Once mature, each year these trees will save the community over $170,000 in utility costs, reduce energy use by over 1.75 million kWh, and prevent over 1,300 tons of CO2e of greenhouse gas emissions. Fall is the ideal time to plant trees in our area and all CPS Energy customers are eligible to receive a $50 rebate per tree (up to five rebates) per property which will then be credited to participants on their monthly utility bill.
Initially grant funded and administered through the Office of Sustainability, the Green Shade program is now funded through the Tree Mitigation Fund administered by the Parks and Recreation Department. As part of the Adopted FY 13 Budget, the Parks and Recreation Department recommended funding the initiative in the amount of $50,000 which will support up to 1,000 rebates.
The Green Shade Tree Rebate program has was highly successful in its first two years, and recently the City of San Antonio and CPS Energy were honored with the 2012 Texas Community Forestry Award for the Arboricultural Project of the Year at the 33rd Texas Tree Conference in Waco, TX. “Green Shade” rebates are now available for tree purchases and we want to encourage all CPS-Energy customers to consider this initiative and take advantage of the tree rebates.
For more information please visit the Green Shade website or call 353-2SAV (2728).