Palo Verde Generating Station is a paid sponsor of Sonoran Living.
When we celebrate the beauty of Arizona, we often highlight places like the Grand Canyon, Sedona's Red Rocks and Camelback Mountain. Another landmark that is crucial to our state's clean air, blue skies and natural environment is Palo Verde Generating Station.
Located about an hour west of downtown Phoenix, Palo Verde is the nation's largest source of carbon-free, emissions-free electricity. Operated by APS, Palo Verde creates enough electricity to power four million homes and businesses in the desert southwest.
That means cleaner air. As the provider of the majority of Arizona's clean electricity, Palo Verde plays an important role in preserving the fragile desert environment we all enjoy. The carbon dioxide release that is avoided because Palo Verde produces this power for our region, rather than conventional sources, is significant. To put that into perspective, imagine 2.8 million cars and the air pollution they cause, disappearing from our roads each year.
And, because Palo Verde is the only nuclear plant in the United States that does not sit on a large body of water, it helps Arizona conserve precious water supplies by recycling wastewater from Valley cities to meet the plant's cooling needs.
As the only emission-free source that can deliver electricity 24/7, nuclear power is key to a cleaner energy future. It provides a safe, reliable, environmentally-friendly backbone to APS's diverse energy mix, instrumental in balancing important but intermittent renewables like solar and wind, which are controlled by Mother Nature and can't always generate power when Arizonans need it most.
Palo Verde also serves as a major economic engine in Arizona with an annual impact of more than $2 billion. One in three of the plant's more than 2,000 full-time employees are military veterans. The plant hires an additional 800 to 1000 people as seasonal contractors.
Palo Verde also strengthens our communities as a good neighbor. Our employees donate hundreds of hours of their time and about $1 million dollars each year to local charities. We invest in a diverse future workforce by providing educational opportunities to students who are interested in nuclear energy careers.
In conjunction with educational partners, the Palo Verde Energy Education Center (EEC) regularly hosts Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) camps and nuclear science merit badge workshops. The EEC, which is located in Buckeye, gives people of all ages the opportunity to learn more about energy through interactive displays and exhibits. Equipped with a state-of-the-art auditorium, this facility is also a community venue for civic events and presentations. Engineered and constructed to represent the company's commitment to the environment, the building is certified gold within the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. The EEC is available by appointment. To schedule a visit call (623) 393-4699 or email PVExhibits@apsc.com.
As a consistent leader in clean energy production, Palo Verde serves as a thriving and vital resource for Arizona, helping to provide a better, cleaner future for generations to come.