Industrial Renewables - Our Commitment | Alabama Power

Industrial Renewables

Our Commitment

Renewable energy resources are important to our future and Alabama Power has been a leader in clean energy solutions from the company’s very start. Our first generating plant was hydroelectric, producing clean energy from the natural currents of Alabama’s great rivers. Today, renewables are an important part of the company’s diverse energy portfolio. 

Alabama Power is a leader among Southeast utility companies at purchasing energy from out-of-state wind farms.

Alabama Power and Renewable Energy

With 14 hydroelectric plants generating energy from Alabama’s water sources, we provide energy for 400,000 homes a year. In fact, hydro typically accounts for 5% to 8% of Alabama’s Power total power generation.  Our commitment to renewable energy has led us to invest both in Alabama and beyond, for the benefit of our customers. 

 

Clean Energy Awards & Achievements

Alabama Power is the recipient of a number of clean energy awards & achievements including:

Green award / ribbon 2013 Outstanding Conservation Business Award

Alabama Association of Conservation Districts

For more than a decade, our Greene County Steam Plant has supported the Sumter/Marengo Water Festival, which brings nearly 700 fourth graders from the two counties together for a day of educational outreach and activities to promote water conservation.

Green award / ribbon 2013 Industry Excellence Award – Environmental Category

Southeastern Energy Exchange

An industry recognition of Alabama Power’s outside-the-box research and field trials that affordably remove mercury and selenium from scrubber water using bacteria to break down chemical bonds while water filters through a series of half-acre holding ponds.

Green award / ribbon Top 12 of 2012

Green Resource Center for Alabama

Recognizes Alabama Power’s wind generation agreements with Tradewind Energy. The deal will provide 404 megawatts, the equivalent size of a new medium sized power plant, from wind. The new energy source amounts to about 3 percent of Alabama Power’s total energy capacity and enough to power up to 115,000 homes.

Green award / ribbon 2012 Watershed Conservation Development Award

Cahaba River Society

Recognized for projects aimed at reducing municipal-supplied water use at the company’s Birmingham headquarters.

Green award / ribbon 2009 Gulf Guardian Business Award

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Recognized litter cleanup efforts by Alabama Power’s Plant Barry employees on the Mobile River.

Green award / ribbon 2008 Outstanding Conservation Business Award

Alabama Association of Conservation Districts

Recognized for the company’s outstanding example of cooperation with conservation districts through Renew Our Rivers.

Green award / ribbon 2006 Outstanding Stewardship of America’s Waters Award

National Hydropower Association

Recognized for the company’s role in Renew Our Rivers.

 

Owned Projects

  • Fort Rucker Solar Project – a 10.56 megawatt facility at Fort Rucker, AL
  • Anniston Army Depot Solar Project – a 7.38 megawatt installation at Anniston Army Depot, AL

 

Power Purchase Agreements

  • Chisholm View Wind Farm - 202 megawatts from Oklahoma
  • Buffalo Dunes Wind Farm - 202 megawatts from Kansas
  • Lafayette Solar Farm – 72 megawatts in Lafayette, AL (in conjunction with Walmart)
  • Westervelt Biomass Facility - 7.5 megawatts in Moundville, AL 

 

Alabama Power receives the energy and renewable energy certificates generated by these facilities, which can be used to serve customers, including Greener State customers, or sold to third parties for the benefit of the customer.

 

Renewables + Efficiency

 

Smart Neighborhood

A partnership between Alabama Power and Signature Homes, the first Smart Neighborhood was built in Hoover, at Reynolds Landing. It contains the first solar microgrid in the Southeast that supports an entire residential community, along with battery backup and a natural gas generator for added reliability and resiliency. All 62 homes in the project are equipped with high efficiency appliances and communicate with one another to even out the load for the neighborhood. The data from these homes will be crucial to making future communities even more efficient.

The Alliance to Save Energy awarded the Smart Neighborhood the 2019 Stars of Energy Efficiency Award.

 

Southeastern Solar Research Center

In 2014, we partnered with Southern Research and our parent Southern Company to create the Southeastern Solar Research Center in Birmingham. Together, we are exploring cost-effective renewable energy options to benefit customers and drive innovation. 

 

Other Solar Partnerships

  • Solar demonstration project, Birmingham Zoo
  • Sewell-Thomas Stadium, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

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