UArizona, TEP Partnership Powers 'Green Roof' Project

Jul 20, 2023
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At Barrett Propane Prescott, we are proud to highlight the groundbreaking partnership between the University of Arizona (UArizona) and Tucson Electric Power (TEP) that is fueling the innovative 'Green Roof' project. This collaboration between academia and the energy industry represents a significant step forward in sustainable building practices and showcases the transformative power of renewable energy sources.

Revolutionizing Green Building Practices

With a vision for a greener future, UArizona and TEP have joined forces to create an environment-friendly solution that combines renewable energy technology with the concept of green roofs. The project aims to transform conventional rooftops into lush, green spaces that contribute to energy efficiency, improve air quality, mitigate urban heat islands, and support biodiversity in urban areas.

The Power of Renewable Energy

The 'Green Roof' project harnesses the power of renewable energy, with solar panels installed on the rooftops to generate clean electricity. These solar panels, integrated with innovative energy storage systems, utilize sunlight to generate power that can be used to simultaneously run the building and charge electric vehicles. The surplus energy produced is directed back into the grid, reducing reliance on fossil fuels and promoting a sustainable energy ecosystem.

Improving Energy Efficiency

One of the key objectives of the UArizona and TEP partnership is to enhance energy efficiency in buildings. By incorporating green roofs into the project, the 'Green Roof' initiative significantly contributes to reducing the energy consumption of the buildings and improving overall energy efficiency. The vegetation on the roof acts as a natural insulator, mitigating heat transfer and reducing the need for excessive air conditioning during hot summer months.

Benefits for Urban Environments

Urban heat islands, caused by the extensive use of concrete and the lack of green spaces in cities, significantly impact the local environment. The 'Green Roof' project addresses this issue by integrating green areas into the urban landscape. The vegetation on the rooftops helps cool the surrounding areas, mitigating the urban heat island effect and creating a more comfortable environment. Moreover, these green spaces act as natural filters, purifying the air by capturing pollutants and releasing oxygen.

Supporting Biodiversity

The 'Green Roof' project promotes biodiversity by providing habitats for diverse vegetation, insects, and birds that contribute to a healthier ecosystem. These green roofs serve as a refuge for indigenous plants, attracting pollinators such as bees and butterflies, which play a crucial role in maintaining plant diversity. By integrating nature into the built environment, the partnership between UArizona and TEP helps create a harmonious balance between urban development and ecological preservation.


The UArizona and TEP partnership powering the 'Green Roof' project represents a significant milestone in sustainable building practices. By combining renewable energy technology with green rooftops, this initiative showcases a holistic approach to energy efficiency, urban comfort, and environmental conservation. Barrett Propane Prescott is honored to be a part of this pioneering project, and we are committed to promoting initiatives that prioritize sustainability and environmental responsibility. Join us in embracing the future of green building practices and a cleaner, greener world.

Francine Perkins
Exciting achievement! ♻️ Can't wait to see more projects like this!
Nov 9, 2023
Impressive sustainable collaboration.
Oct 12, 2023