Renewables are our past, present, and future.
Alabama Power has been a champion of renewable energy from the beginning. Our first power plant project was the Lay Dam, constructed to generate hydroelectric energy from Alabama’s vibrant river systems. Founders William Patrick Lay and James Mitchell had a forward-thinking vision that still resonates with us today.
Alabama is sixth in the nation for renewable energy capacity, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Compared to the limited resource of “fossil fuels”, renewables have an unlimited potential.
Renewable energy is generated from a number of different naturally replenishing resources. Hydroelectric energy is generated by flowing water. Solar energy is collected from the sun. Biomass energy is generated by organic matter.
Renewables are clean, environmentally safe and affordable energy sources and provide a significant amount of the world’s electricity.
Alabama Power hydro dams account for 6% total power generation, impound more than 157,000 acres of water, and provide energy for 400,000 homes.
We understand the value of renewable energy, and we remain committed to exploring and developing our natural clean energy resources.