The company's earliest generation plants were located miles from towns, making it impossible for workers to commute to their jobs. Before any work on the company's hydro and steam plants could begin, a place for the workers to live had to be built. In addition to building houses, the company also constructed hospitals, recreation halls, churches and schools for workers' families.
The company schools marked the beginning of Alabama Power's commitment to education - a commitment that continues today. Alabama Power and our employees provide support for hundreds of educational programs across the state, including new teacher grants and our "science suitcase" program, featuring more than 300 interactive science kits that teachers can check out for a two-week period.