Hanging lights

For Immediate Release: December 5, 2017

Tucson, Ariz. – Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is proud to begin sponsoring the Winterhaven Festival of Lights, a family-friendly community event that began more than 65 years ago and attracts more than 100,000 visitors every year.

In its first year as the event’s title sponsor, TEP is providing funding, signage and more than 200 strings of new energy efficient LED lights, adding to lights donated previously. The company also deployed dozens of employees this week in bucket trucks to help string lights atop the neighborhood’s tallest trees.

Everyone is invited to the midtown Winterhaven neighborhood to enjoy elaborate lighted holiday displays designed and installed by residents. TEP’s $40,000 annual sponsorship helps the nonprofit organization that runs the festival to pay for security, traffic control, insurance, portable bathrooms and other needs.

“We were proud to step in last year to help keep the lights on for this wonderful event. Winterhaven neighbors put their hearts into this festival, and supporting their efforts is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to our customers and everyone in the community,” said David G. Hutchens, TEP’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

On select nights during the festival, TEP will distribute information about energy-efficiency programs that can help customers “Think Green and Save Green,” reducing their energy costs. TEP employees also will volunteer to help neighborhood residents collect donations for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

The festival runs nightly Dec. 9-26 from 6-10 p.m. For more information, visit winterhavenfestival.org.

TEP provides safe, reliable electric service to nearly 420,000 customers in Southern Arizona. For more information, visit tep.com. TEP and its parent company, UNS Energy, are subsidiaries of Fortis Inc., a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry. For more information, visit fortisinc.com.


News Media Contact: Joseph Barrios, (520) 884-3725, jbarrios@tep.com