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125 things you didn't know about TEP

Back in 1892, a group of local businessmen banded together to illuminate the dusty streets of territorial Tucson. One hundred and twenty-five years later, Tucson Electric Power is still powering our community's growth. A system that began with 80 poles and a single steam engine now provides safe, reliable and affordable energy to more than 417,000 residents in the Tucson metropolitan area. Our company continues to seek innovative solutions for customers as we build a sustainable energy future for Southern Arizona. Read about TEP's history, and see below for 125 things you might not know about your electric utility.

Commitment to customers

Tucson Electric Power: 1. Providing You Power Since 1892

1. Providing You Power Since 1892

TEP can trace its history back to Oct. 28, 1892, after business leaders in territorial Tucson met to organize the Tucson Electric Light and Power Company and elect local merchant Albert Steinfeld as its first president. The Arizona Weekly Citizen later declared the company, “…is pushing things to a successful conclusion and Tucson will hail the result with delight.”
Tucson Electric Power: 2. Stable Rates

2. Stable Rates

TEP’s rates have been remarkably stable, rising at less than the rate of inflation over the last two decades.
Tucson Electric Power: 3. Scam Protection

3. Scam Protection

TEP will never call you and ask you to pay an overdue bill with a cash card to avoid disconnection. But a scammer might.
Tucson Electric Power: 4. Keeping You Safe

4. Keeping You Safe

TEP can de-energize or reconfigure electrical equipment at or near your work site to prevent injury and avoid outages.
Tucson Electric Power: 5. Get an AC Rebate

5. Get an AC Rebate

TEP provides rebates that can reduce the cost of a new energy efficient air conditioner by up to $850 when you purchase a qualified unit from a TEP Efficient Home Program participating contractor.
Tucson Electric Power: 6. Mt. Lemmon Science Tour App

6. Mt. Lemmon Science Tour App

TEP doesn’t provide electric service on Mt. Lemmon, but we did help the University of Arizona create a mobile app that provides a scientific tour of the mountain.
Tucson Electric Power: 7. Schedule Your Move

7. Schedule Your Move

Moving? You can start, stop or transfer your TEP service online using My Account.
Tucson Electric Power: 8. BrightEE Awards

8. BrightEE Awards

TEP’s BrightEE awards recognize businesses that save energy and improve the environment – making us the only local business that rewards customers for buying less.
Tucson Electric Power: 9. Easily Find Bill Inserts

9. Easily Find Bill Inserts

If you’ve misplaced one of the advertising flyers delivered with your TEP bill, we know where it is.
Tucson Electric Power: 10. The Salvation Army Hospitality House

10. The Salvation Army Hospitality House

TEP helped The Salvation Army build an energy efficient Hospitality House that provides emergency shelter, transitional housing and office space. The LEED Silver-certified building on Main Avenue just south of Speedway Boulevard replaces a 50-year-old facility and assists the agency in providing more than 50,000 meals annually in Tucson.
Tucson Electric Power: 11. Historically Cool

11. Historically Cool

Tucson’s historic Hotel Congress has been around nearly as long as TEP, but its air conditioners are brand new – and were discounted through a TEP energy efficiency program.
Tucson Electric Power: 12. Allconnect

12. Allconnect

TEP connects more than power. If you’re moving in, we also can set up your telephone, home security, Internet and television services all at once using Allconnect.
Tucson Electric Power: 13. Party Planning in 1925

13. Party Planning in 1925

In 1925, the Tucson Gas, Electric Light and Power Company (now called TEP) opened a home service department to help homemakers with cooking problems, provide recipes and assist in planning parties.
Tucson Electric Power: 14. Become a HEERO

14. Become a HEERO

More than 7,000 TEP customers volunteer to pay a little more each month so that limited-income customers in financial distress can pay less. Care to join them? Become a TEP HEERO.
Tucson Electric Power: 15. Fight the Energy Phantoms

15. Fight the Energy Phantoms

Up to 10 percent of the power TEP provides to homes is wasted by “energy phantoms” – phone chargers, power strips and other devices that use energy even when they’re not being used.
Tucson Electric Power: 16. Preventing Dog Bite Injuries

16. Preventing Dog Bite Injuries

TEP crews face many obvious risks on the job – and some less obvious ones. Unrestrained dogs have injured many utility employees during service appointments.

Our company

Tucson Electric Power: 17. Career Center

17. Career Center

You can learn what it’s like to be a TEP employee and apply for one of our many opportunities by visiting our Career Center.
Tucson Electric Power: 18. Employer of the Year

18. Employer of the Year

TEP was named Employer of the Year in 2016 by Linkages for its efforts to hire individuals with disabilities.
Tucson Electric Power: 19. Troublemen

19. Troublemen

Highly trained troublemen are TEP’s first-responders during power outages and other emergencies.
Tucson Electric Power: 20. We Hire Vets

20. We Hire Vets

More than one out of every 10 TEP employees are military veterans, and we’re working hard to hire more.
Tucson Electric Power: 21. Powering Tucson Transit

21. Powering Tucson Transit

TEP once owned and operated Tucson Rapid Transit, the company later purchased by the City of Tucson and transformed into Sun Tran. Tucson Rapid Transit launched the city’s first electric streetcar in 1906, replacing horse-drawn streetcars. Today, TEP is proud to power the city’s modern electric streetcar.
Tucson Electric Power: 22. IBEW 1116

22. IBEW 1116

In 1937, company employees formed a union that became Local 1116 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Today, two-thirds of TEP employees are represented by the IBEW.
Tucson Electric Power: 23. Beacon Group

23. Beacon Group

TEP’s safe, reliable service depends in part on valuable services provided by workers from the Beacon Group, which provides employment opportunities to people with disabilities.
Tucson Electric Power: 24. Tucson Gas & Electric Co.

24. Tucson Gas & Electric Co.

Before selling its natural gas distribution business to Southwest Gas Corporation in 1979, Tucson Electric Power was known as Tucson Gas & Electric Co.
Tucson Electric Power: 25. Robert A. Elliott

25. Robert A. Elliott

The current board of TEP’s parent company is led by University of Arizona basketball legend Robert A. Elliott, President of Elliott Accounting.
Tucson Electric Power: 26. Frank E. “Red” Russell

26. Frank E. “Red” Russell

Frank E. “Red” Russell wasn’t just a company founder and its first manager. He also served on the Tucson City Council.
Tucson Electric Power: 27. Engineers Without Borders

27. Engineers Without Borders

The man responsible for TEP’s power plants spends some of his spare time building outhouses in Bolivia as a mentor for the University of Arizona chapter of Engineers Without Borders.
Tucson Electric Power: 28. Journeyman Electricians

28. Journeyman Electricians

Each one of TEP’s 150 journeyman electricians have trained for more than 7,800 hours and passed a series of challenging tests to ensure they’re ready to safely maintain our local energy grid.
Tucson Electric Power: 29. Homegrown CEO

29. Homegrown CEO

David Hutchens is the first homegrown CEO in TEP’s history, having worked his way up to his current position over nearly 20 years with the company.
Tucson Electric Power: 30. Get Into Energy

30. Get Into Energy

TEP partners with Pima Community College on a program that introduces local talent to the energy industry and the many careers at TEP.
Tucson Electric Power: 31. Solar Power Player

31. Solar Power Player

TEP’s Carmine Tilghman has been recognized as a national Solar Power Player Solar Champion by the Solar Electric Power Association, a solar industry trade association.
Tucson Electric Power: 32. Historic Value

32. Historic Value

After beginning life in 1892 as a “startup” owned by local businessmen, the company that became Tucson Electric Power was sold in 1901 for $35,000 cash to a Denver businessman who also assumed $15,000 in debt. More than a century later, TEP and its parent company were acquired by Canadian-based Fortis Inc. in August 2014 for $4.5 billion, including the assumption of $2 billion in debt.

Safe, reliable service

Tucson Electric Power: 33. Staying Safe

33. Staying Safe

While reliability is critical, safety remains the top priority of every TEP employee.
Tucson Electric Power: 34. Buzzing Around

34. Buzzing Around

Sometimes, providing safe, reliable service means going head-to-head with colonies of bees.
Tucson Electric Power: 35. Flying High

35. Flying High

One of the most valuable tools used to build TEP transmission lines is a helicopter.
Tucson Electric Power: 36. 500+ Calls

36. 500+ Calls

TEP’s Customer Care team often answers more than 500 customer calls during a single monsoon storm.
Tucson Electric Power: 37. World War II Expansion

37. World War II Expansion

TEP significantly expanded facilities in the 1940s as Southern Arizona became a major military and war production center in World War II. Expanded facilities provided service to a primary flight school in Marana, the heavy bomber base at Davis-Monthan, Consolidated-Vultee Aircraft modification center at the municipal airport, the Ryan School of Aeronautics and the U.S. Army base at Fort Huachuca.
Tucson Electric Power: 38. Anticipating Your Needs

38. Anticipating Your Needs

Because electricity is a real-time product, whatever you use is being generated somewhere on the grid at that very moment. That’s why TEP and other utilities must plan carefully to anticipate customers’ needs, which can be affected by the weather, economic factors and other considerations.
Tucson Electric Power: 39. Peak Usage: 5-7 p.m.

39. Peak Usage: 5-7 p.m.

While Tucson’s summer heat drives energy use higher, TEP’s system usage typically peaks just as temperatures are starting to cool down: between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., when our customers are coming home from work, dialing down their thermostats and turning on appliances.
Tucson Electric Power: 40. Critical Circuit Patrol

40. Critical Circuit Patrol

To maintain reliable service, TEP conducts critical circuit patrols to identify vulnerable equipment and replace it before it breaks, not after.
Tucson Electric Power: 41. Moving a Tower?

41. Moving a Tower?

It takes months to move a 25,000-pound transmission tower just 150 feet – if you include the time spent to plan this critical operation. (But you’ll only need two minutes to watch it happen.)
Tucson Electric Power: 42. Predictive Maintenance

42. Predictive Maintenance

TEP won an international reliability award for developing a system to predict when equipment will fail, giving us a chance to repair or replacing it before that happens.
Tucson Electric Power: 43. Safety Testing

43. Safety Testing

Rubber gloves help keep our crews safe on the job. That’s why they’re tested regularly – just like other critical components of our local energy grid.
Tucson Electric Power: 44. Transformer Upgrades

44. Transformer Upgrades

To ensure reliable service, TEP replaces two or three substation transformers every year. Each one costs about $3 million and takes more than a year to build.
Tucson Electric Power: 45. Reliable Service

45. Reliable Service

TEP’s service ranks among the most reliable in the nation based on industry metrics that measure the number and duration of sustained power outages experienced by customers.
Tucson Electric Power: 46. Grid: By the Numbers

46. Grid: By the Numbers

TEP’s modern grid includes 2,170 miles of high-voltage transmission lines, about 7,557 miles of lower-voltage distribution lines and more than 95,000 utility poles.
Tucson Electric Power: 47. Underground Lines

47. Underground Lines

Out of sight, out of mind: Almost two thirds of TEP’s distribution lines are located underground.
Tucson Electric Power: 48. Broad Service Territory

48. Broad Service Territory

TEP’s service territory spans 1,155 square miles – an area that exceeds the size of 30 countries and is a little smaller than the state of Rhode Island.
Tucson Electric Power: 49. 5,000 Lightning Bolts

49. 5,000 Lightning Bolts

During one hour on a typical summer afternoon, TEP delivers an amount of energy equivalent to more than 5,000 lightning bolts.
Tucson Electric Power: 50. Lest We Forget

50. Lest We Forget

A memorial on our Irvington Road campus serves as a constant reminder of 21 TEP employees who lost their lives while on duty over the last eight decades. Most died from electric shock, but the two most recent deaths resulted from drunk driving accidents.
Tucson Electric Power: 51. Pedal Power

51. Pedal Power

Cooling a typical Tucson home for a year requires about the same amount of energy exerted by all of the nearly 7,000 cyclists who participated in last year’s El Tour de Tucson.
Tucson Electric Power: 52. Electric Grid Support

52. Electric Grid Support

How many homes can TEP reliably serve with solar energy? While we continue to expand our renewable energy resources, the real answer is zero – without constant backup and support from our modern electric grid and traditional energy resources.
Tucson Electric Power: 53. Energy on 'Demand'

53. Energy on 'Demand'

TEP must build enough facilities to satisfy customers’ highest level of electric use, or “demand,” even if that capacity isn’t always needed. That’s why some of our pricing plans include a “demand charge” based on a customer’s highest energy use during a certain period of time. Without demand charges, usage-based rates would have to be set at much higher levels to recover service costs.
Tucson Electric Power: 54. Regional Reliability

54. Regional Reliability

TEP’s energy grid is directly connected to similar systems that serve 12 western states and two Canadian provinces. These links provide our customers affordable access to energy resources that make our system more resilient and reliable.
Tucson Electric Power: 55. Expansion in 1927

55. Expansion in 1927

TEP gained national attention in 1927 for its plans to expand its generating resources. The purchase of a 3,750-horsepower Busch-Sulzer oil engine would make Tucson’s central plant the largest oil-fueled public utility power generator in the country.

Energizing your life

Tucson Electric Power: 56. Solar Investment

56. Solar Investment

Since 2011, TEP has invested more than $100 million to expand cost-effective large-scale solar energy resources.
Tucson Electric Power: 57. Clean, Local Energy

57. Clean, Local Energy

TEP’s largest local power plant runs entirely on a clean combination of natural gas and renewable resources.
Tucson Electric Power: 58. Google Maps

58. Google Maps

You can check out our expanding portfolio of clean renewable resources on Google Maps.
Tucson Electric Power: 59. Bright Tucson Community Solar

59. Bright Tucson Community Solar

You can go solar without adding panels to your home through our Bright Tucson Community Solar Program.
Tucson Electric Power: 60. Talk About Price Stability

60. Talk About Price Stability

In 1904, TEP provided electricity for lighting on fixed price contracts that began at 13 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh). Today, more than a century later, we’re providing safe, reliable power for rates that average less than 12 cents per kWh.
Tucson Electric Power: 61. National Awards

61. National Awards

TEP is recognized as an industry leader in renewable energy and has won multiple national awards for its expanding solar and wind energy resources.
Tucson Electric Power: 62. Weather Forecasting

62. Weather Forecasting

TEP employs sophisticated weather forecasting to predict how solar and wind installations will perform from day to day, helping us maintain reliable service in any weather.
Tucson Electric Power: 63. Advancing Solar Technology

63. Advancing Solar Technology

We’re partnering with the UA to study and identify the optimal integration of renewable energy technology with traditional energy resources.
Tucson Electric Power: 64. Enough to Power 52,000 Homes

64. Enough to Power 52,000 Homes

TEP’s community scale solar resources have a combined capacity of 247 megawatts. That’s enough clean, green energy to power more than 52,000 homes for a year.
Tucson Electric Power: 65. Wind and Solar, by 2030

65. Wind and Solar, by 2030

By 2030, TEP will be able to satisfy the annual electric needs of nearly 250,000 typical Tucson homes with clean renewable energy from large, cost effective community-scale wind and solar power systems.
Tucson Electric Power: 66. Lunar Power?

66. Lunar Power?

TEP’s early street lighting contracts stated expressly that the lights didn't have to be turned on when there was a full moon.
Tucson Electric Power: 67. $1 Billion Investment

67. $1 Billion Investment

We have invested more than $1 billion since 2011 to maintain safe, reliable electric service for our customers.
Tucson Electric Power: 68. 30 by 2030

68. 30 by 2030

TEP plans to supply at least 30 percent of its power from renewable resources by 2030 – exceeding Arizona's requirement of 15 percent renewables by 2025.
Tucson Electric Power: 69. More Solar, Less Money

69. More Solar, Less Money

Energy from small private solar arrays costs three to four times as much as the output of large, community-scale solar power systems.
Tucson Electric Power: 70. Bamboo to LEDs

70. Bamboo to LEDs

In the early 1900s, the city of Tucson’s state of the art electrical system featured carbonized bamboo filament bulbs that glowed in more than 300 homes and businesses. Now TEP helps customers buy today’s latest and greatest bulbs – light emitting diodes, or LEDs.
Tucson Electric Power: 71. Mesquite Power

71. Mesquite Power

TEP’s first generating resource was arguably also its first renewable generating resource. The steam engine built in the company’s downtown “power house” was fueled by mesquite logs, which could be considered a renewable biomass fuel by today’s standards.
Tucson Electric Power: 72. Groundbreaking Solar

72. Groundbreaking Solar

TEP’s status as a solar energy leader dates back to at least 2004, when the solar array at its Springerville Generating Station produced more energy than any other photovoltaic array on the planet.
Tucson Electric Power: 73. Solar Steam Generator

73. Solar Steam Generator

Driving on Interstate-10 near South Alvernon Way? Catch a glimpse of our AREVA solar power system, which uses concentrated sunlight to create superheated steam and generate electricity.

Ongoing innovation

Tucson Electric Power: 74. Mobile App

74. Mobile App

TEP’s new mobile app allows you to pay a bill, report an outage and more with your Apple or Android device.
Tucson Electric Power: 75. Tree Trimming

75. Tree Trimming

New technology helps TEP plan tree trimming projects that preserve the safety and reliability of the electric system.
Tucson Electric Power: 76. 'Bare' Hands

76. 'Bare' Hands

TEP linemen can repair extra-high voltage lines without powering them down first using a “bare hand” method.
Tucson Electric Power: 77. Solar Zone

77. Solar Zone

TEP partners with the UA Tech Park to test new and emerging solar energy technology.
Tucson Electric Power: 78. Energy Efficiency

78. Energy Efficiency

Over the last 125 years, TEP has managed energy resources to match our customers’ electric use. Over the next 125 years, we’ll be helping customers manage their electric use to match existing resources, saving money and protecting our environment through targeted energy efficiency efforts.
Tucson Electric Power: 79. AC Generators

79. AC Generators

In 1903 – the same year that the Wright brothers made their historic flight – company leaders pioneered the use of alternating current (AC) generators in Tucson’s local electrical system. Growing demand was threatening to exceed the capacity of the company’s direct current (DC) generators.
Tucson Electric Power: 80. Smart Thermostats

80. Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats from TEP are helping limited-income renters save energy and money.
Tucson Electric Power: 81. Automated Meters

81. Automated Meters

Automated meters offer an accurate, affordable way to measure energy usage.
Tucson Electric Power: 82. Energy Storage

82. Energy Storage

TEP is developing two large energy storage systems that will improve service reliability.
Tucson Electric Power: 83. Outage Map

83. Outage Map

Power out? Use TEP’s outage map to find out the cause and the estimated restoration time.
Tucson Electric Power: 84. School Efficiency

84. School Efficiency

We're working with local schools to develop and fund customized energy efficiency projects that protect our environment while preserving limited resources for classroom needs.
Tucson Electric Power: 85. Mobile Power Plants?

85. Mobile Power Plants?

TEP’s future customers may be driving around in our power plants. Cars powered by fuel cells may someday produce energy that be shared through our evolving grid.
Tucson Electric Power: 86. Bringing Jobs to Tucson

86. Bringing Jobs to Tucson

TEP is working with elected officials and other local leaders to develop innovative energy partnerships and new pricing plans that attract new businesses to Tucson. Our proposed economic development rate would provide temporary discounts for companies that bring new jobs and significant new investment to our community.
Tucson Electric Power: 87. New Energy Technology

87. New Energy Technology

In coming decades, TEP will balance the intermittent output of our growing wind and solar energy portfolio with innovative energy technologies that may include flywheels, compressed air systems and reciprocating engines.
Tucson Electric Power: 88. Microgrids

88. Microgrids

TEP is already planning for future “microgrids” that will integrate smart distribution equipment, energy management systems, electric vehicle charging stations and clean generating resources to serve individual neighborhoods or commercial developments.

Environmental preservation

Tucson Electric Power: 89. Planting Trees

89. Planting Trees

$1.7 million+: The economic value of local trees planted with TEP funds.
Tucson Electric Power: 90. Resource Preservation

90. Resource Preservation

TEP takes great care to protect and preserve cultural resources found on construction sites.
Tucson Electric Power: 91. Cactus Rescue

91. Cactus Rescue

TEP goes to great lengths to protect and preserve cactuses located in construction sites.
Tucson Electric Power: 92. Protecting Raptors

92. Protecting Raptors

For 15+ years, TEP has worked with University of Arizona biologists to protect large birds from electrical hazards.
Tucson Electric Power: 93. Trees for You

93. Trees for You

TREE-E-P? TEP expects to sell more than 12,000 discounted trees to customers this year through our Trees for You program, ranking us among Tucson’s largest locally based sellers of trees.
Tucson Electric Power: 94. Environmental Savings

94. Environmental Savings

In addition to helping the environment, TEP’s energy efficiency programs generate cost savings that make them our most affordable energy resource. Saving megawatts is cheaper than producing them with any available resource.
Tucson Electric Power: 95. Rain Dance

95. Rain Dance

While rainy days dampen our solar power production, they do help generate methane at the Los Reales Landfill, providing clean fuel for TEP’s largest local power plant. That’s why our methane power project produces more renewable energy in rainy years and less during drought conditions.
Tucson Electric Power: 96. Reducing Emissions

96. Reducing Emissions

TEP’s energy efficiency programs are on track to save 1.8 million megawatt-hours of energy by 2020, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by more than 3 billion pounds.
Tucson Electric Power: 97. Waste Recycling

97. Waste Recycling

TEP and Civano Nursery have worked together more than 10 years to recycle green waste clipped from around power lines.
Tucson Electric Power: 98. Eradicating Buffelgrass

98. Eradicating Buffelgrass

TEP supports the eradication of buffelgrass, an invasive species, because it is highly flammable and poses a threat to our region’s native vegetation.
Tucson Electric Power: 99. Energy Smart Homes

99. Energy Smart Homes

TEP helps builders produce new, energy-efficient homes that can reduce your family’s carbon footprint and allow you to live in harmony with our local environment. Our Energy Smart Homes program continues a long partnership with builders to promote energy efficient practices that contribute to a sustainable lifestyle.
Tucson Electric Power: 100. Water Conservation

100. Water Conservation

In addition to helping customers save energy, TEP promotes water conservation by providing low-flow showerheads to renters through our Multi-Family Housing Program.
Tucson Electric Power: 101. Bright Students

101. Bright Students

TEP’s Bright Students program helps local middle school teachers provide engaging lessons about saving energy and preserving our environment.
Tucson Electric Power: 102. Burrowing Owls

102. Burrowing Owls

TEP partners with the wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and relocation group Wild At Heart to create new homes for burrowing owls.
Tucson Electric Power: 103. Preserving Sensitive Sites

103. Preserving Sensitive Sites

In the early 1970s, TEP developed customized single-footed transmission towers and pioneered innovative construction techniques – including the use of up to 18 helicopters at a time – to preserve sensitive environmental and archaeological sites while building a 435-mile transmission line that linked our growing city to a vital new energy resource, the San Juan Generating Station in northwestern New Mexico.

Our community impact

Tucson Electric Power: 104. 17,000+ Hours

104. 17,000+ Hours

In 2016, TEP employee volunteers contributed 17,301 hours to 1,737 local nonprofit groups.
Tucson Electric Power: 105. United Way

105. United Way

TEP annually ranks among the top 10 corporate contributors to the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona.
Tucson Electric Power: 106. Habitat for Humanity

106. Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity and TEP employees have been building homes in Tucson together since 1995.
Tucson Electric Power: 107. 4,367 Hours

107. 4,367 Hours

TEP’s Andrea Mitchell has volunteered 4,367 hours in support of charitable causes. That’s 546 eight-hour days.
Tucson Electric Power: 108. Philanthropic Support

108. Philanthropic Support

TEP donated nearly $1.5 million to community nonprofit groups in 2016. Our philanthropic support is focused on expanding educational opportunities, protecting and preserving our environment and providing assistance to the most vulnerable members of our community.
Tucson Electric Power: 109. Community Action Team

109. Community Action Team

TEP’s Community Action Team, or CAT, was created in 1993 to organize and support our employees’ volunteer efforts. Twenty-four years later, the CAT still meets monthly to review requests for support and develop successful volunteer activities.
Tucson Electric Power: 110. Junior Achievement

110. Junior Achievement

Each year more than 35 TEP volunteers participate in Junior Achievement’s JA Day at Blennman Elementary, teaching financial literacy lessons.
Tucson Electric Power: 111. Pima Animal Care Center

111. Pima Animal Care Center

For the last two years TEP volunteers have volunteered at the Pima Animal Care Center’s holiday adoption events, helping 1,132 dogs and 727 cats find new forever families.
Tucson Electric Power: 112. Racing the Sun

112. Racing the Sun

TEP is a founding sponsor of Racing The Sun, an annual event that offers students an opportunity to build and race solar-powered go-karts at the UA Tech Park.
Tucson Electric Power: 113. Promoting Earth Day

113. Promoting Earth Day

In 1995, TEP worked with the City of Tucson to create the first local Earth Day event, a community celebration of our environment. TEP has been a sponsor of this event ever since and has used the occasion to promote solar power, energy efficiency and electric vehicles.
Tucson Electric Power: 114. 4-H Junior Livestock Auction

114. 4-H Junior Livestock Auction

For 50 years, TEP has sponsored children participating in the 4-H Junior Livestock Auction at the Pima County Fairgrounds. The children learn lessons in leadership, responsibility, citizenship and other life skills, while local charities receive the food for limited-income residents.
Tucson Electric Power: 115. Fed by Threads

115. Fed by Threads

The trademark blue t-shirts worn by TEP’s employee volunteers are sourced locally from Fed by Threads, which donates 12 local meals to the needy for every shirt TEP buys.
Tucson Electric Power: 116. Moving Fireball

116. Moving Fireball

When a new white rhino arrived at the Reid Park Zoo, TEP volunteers and equipment helped move the 4,500 pound animal into his new habitat.
Tucson Electric Power: 117. Supporting SARSEF

117. Supporting SARSEF

TEP is a longtime sponsor and supporter of the Southern Arizona regional science fair, encouraging the next generation of engineers and scientists.
Tucson Electric Power: 118. Tucson Children's Museum

118. Tucson Children's Museum

For nearly two decades TEP volunteers have given their time and talents to the Tucson Children's Museum by building exhibits, renovating the interior and staffing special events. TEP also provides funding for local children to attend the museum through school field trips.
Tucson Electric Power: 119. Raptor Protection Program

119. Raptor Protection Program

Through our Raptor Protection Program, TEP works with wildlife biologists at the University of Arizona to identify electrical system components that may pose a risk to large birds and to design and install innovative protective solutions to mitigate the danger.
Tucson Electric Power: 120. 'Community Chest Headquarters'

120. 'Community Chest Headquarters'

TEP has long supported efforts to help limited-income residents. In the 1920s, the company’s offices on North Stone Avenue were advertised as “Community Chest Headquarters” where employees and customers could donate funds to help those in need. Community Chest organizations across the country grew to become branches of the United Way – an organization that TEP and its employees proudly support today.
Tucson Electric Power: 121. Climb to Conquer Cancer

121. Climb to Conquer Cancer

Since the early 1990s, TEP employees have been climbing "A" Mountain as part of the annual Climb to Conquer Cancer fundraising event for the American Cancer Society.
Tucson Electric Power: 122. Food Bank of Southern Arizona

122. Food Bank of Southern Arizona

For more than a decade, TEP volunteers have packed food bags at the Food Bank of Southern Arizona six times each year, averaging 5,355 bags of food at each event.
Tucson Electric Power: 123. Youth Shopping Sprees

123. Youth Shopping Sprees

TEP has sponsored holiday shopping sprees for 1,875 Boys and Girls Club children since 2002. The company provides funding and employees help the youths choose clothing.
Tucson Electric Power: 124. Tucson Nursery School

124. Tucson Nursery School

TEP employee volunteers have baked more than 5,330 cookies over eight years for bake sales benefiting Tucson Nursery School, raising more than $20,000 for this nonprofit care provider. Our employees also have collected 1,250 gifts for the school’s children through holiday gift drives.
Tucson Electric Power: 125. Luminaria Nights

125. Luminaria Nights

TEP employee volunteers have helped the Tucson Botanical Gardens with decorating, maintenance and the annual lighting of luminarias at the Botanical Gardens. One outstanding TEP employee and his family have been managing the luminaria lighting volunteers for 17 years.