Industrial Renewables - Our Commitment | Alabama Power

Industrial Renewables

Our Commitment

Renewable energy resources are crucial to our future and Alabama Power has been a leader in clean energy solutions from the very start. Our first generating plant was hydroelectric, producing clean energy from the natural currents of Alabama’s great rivers. To this day Alabama Power is a champion for renewable energy as a source of unlimited potential.

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 accounts for 6% of Alabama’s Power total power generation. But we realize hydro is only the start of the clean energy frontier, and have begun testing solar installations at more than 50 locations statewide. Our commitment to renewable energy has led us to look beyond Alabama and invest in the national renewables community, from research and development at our nation’s top universities to wind farms in the midwest.

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.

Current Projects

The year 2016 saw groundbreaking at Anniston Army Depot for Alabama Power’s first large-scale solar generation project, a 10-megawatt photovoltaic plant. The solar project at Anniston is expected to generate the amount of energy used by 1,400 average homes. A similar project is underway at Fort Rucker in Southeast Alabama.

“Today the Anniston Army Depot, with the help of many, will take one more step toward meeting and striving to exceed the Army’s goals of renewable energy While enhancing national security.”
Phil Trued, Chief of Staff at the Anniston Army Depot

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