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Tree Power - Shade Tree Rebate Program

What is the Tree Power Shade Tree Rebate Program?

The Tree Power Shade Tree Rebate Program is a year-round program where Riverside Public Utilities’ (RPU) electric customers can purchase up to 5 shade trees per calendar year from a participating Riverside nursery and receive a rebate of $25 per tree (limited to a maximum of $125 per year). Sales tax, delivery or installation fees, and other associated costs are not considered part of the total purchase price.  Rebates are credited to the customer’s utility bill.  (some restrictions apply).

What do I need to do?

Go to a participating nursery and purchase up to five (5) qualifying trees.  Plant the trees on your property only, then complete the Tree Power Rebate Program application.  Mail the application and all applicable tree receipts to:

Riverside Public Utilities Programs & Services
3750 University Avenue, 3rd Floor - Riverside, CA 92501 

Tree Power – Free Shade Tree Campaign

Every year through our Tree Power program, we hold the annual Free Shade Tree Campaign that starts March 1st and last until June 30th.  The Coupon for a free shade tree is redeemable at a participating retailer (listed below) and is good for one (1) free shade tree up to $25 in value (the back of your March RPU utility bill is “the coupon”).

What do I need to do?

RPU electric customers can take their March utility bill to one of the participating nurseries listed below and leave with a qualifying free tree.  It’s that simple!  

Redemption value of free tree not to exceed $25. Customers purchasing trees more than $25 must pay additional cost. Plant trees 10 to 35 feet from your home, preferably on the south or west side. Dwarf trees or palms are not eligible for this program.

Participating nurseries: 

Louie’s Nursery
16310 Porter Ave.
Riverside, CA 92504
Moon Valley Nurseries
9501 Lincoln Ave.
Riverside, CA 92504
Parkview Nursery
4377 Chicago Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507
Parkview Nursery
3841 Jackson St.
Riverside, CA 92503


Why plant trees?

Trees planted around a home can reduce cooling costs by as much as 20%. In addition to saving energy, here are some other benefits trees offer:

• Clean the air
• Reduce noise
• Provide privacy
• Prevent soil erosion
• Beautify the environment

Tree Power Shade Tree Program Qualifying Trees (for program and campaign):

Chinese Flame Crape Myrtle
Chinese Hackberry Silk Tree
Desert Willow London Plane
Chinese Pistache Majestic Beauty
Bradford Pear Fruit Trees Raywood Ash
Goldenrain Western Catalpa
Liquidambar Pink Trumpet Tree
Sawleaf Zelkova Redbud (Eastern or Oklahoma)
Jacaranda Tulip Tree
Chinese Evergreen Elm  

(Dwarf and palm trees do not qualify)
* Additional trees may qualify. Please call 951-826-5485 for details.

For complete information on tree species, please visit the Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute and get valuable information on many species of shade trees. Riverside Public Utilities does not guarantee the accuracy of the data and information derived from the UFEI website. This link is provided for informational purposes only. 


Program Guidelines

  • Program is subject to fund availability and may be cancelled at any time.
  • Customers must fulfill all program-specific and general RPU program guidelines to be eligible for incentives.
  • The level of incentive is $25 per tree for the purchase of up to five qualifying trees per electric account, per calendar year. Rebate amount cannot exceed the purchase price of the tree.
  • Only specific species of trees qualify for this program. Trees are subject to approval by RPU.
  • Qualifying trees must be purchased from a City of Riverside merchant, and planted within 14 days of purchase at customer's service address.
  • Before planting, customer must contact the Underground Service Alert of Southern California or DigAlert at 1-800-227-2600.
  • Trees must be planted within 10-35 feet of the foundation on the customer's own property to achieve maximum energy efficiency without negatively impacting any dwelling, business, underground pipes, utility lines or solar power access.
  • Customers cannot plant trees on areas considered City property.
  • Planted trees are subject to inspection. Customer must allow RPU access to their property to inspect the tree(s).
  • Customer must sign liability agreement and agree to the long-term care of the tree.
  • All General Program Guidelines apply.
  • Riverside Public Utilities reserves the right to determine eligibility, modify or discontinue this program without prior notice at its discretion. Program is subject to fund availability.
What Do I Need To Do?
Select the rebate programs of which you would like to participate:
Tree Power
Complete the application including all applicable receipts and mail to:
Riverside Public Utilities
Programs & Services

3750 University Avenue, 3rd Floor
Riverside, CA 92501
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