Clean air and environment
- Palo Verde is the nation’s largest source of clean-air energy.
- APS and Palo Verde deliver an energy mix that is 50% clean.
- As the nation’s only nuclear plant not located on a body of water, every year, Palo Verde recycles more than 20 billion gallons of wastewater from surrounding municipalities to cool the plant.
- Palo Verde provides an annual economic impact of more than $2 billion through taxes, salaries, material and service purchases, and more.
- Palo Verde is the largest single commercial taxpayer in Arizona.
- The plant has 2,500 full-time employees. An additional 900 to 1,000 contractors are employed twice yearly during month-long planned refueling and maintenance outages.
- Palo Verde purchases $130 million in products and services from more than 1,200 Arizona businesses every year.
Technology and innovation
- FLEX equipment that can work at plants around the nation provides an additional layer of safety in the event of a natural or other disaster.
- The use of robotics including drones to inspect equipment and to diagnose and repair problems boosts employee safety, and saves time and money – which translates into customer savings.
- Palo Verde operators are participating in a pilot program with Idaho National Labs to develop the “control room of the future,” exploring the use of modern technologies, such as touch screens, to maximize efficiencies.
- Palo Verde employees donate approximately $1 million each year to local charities.
- In partnership with Estrella Mountain Community College and a local technical education high school district, Palo Verde helped establish West-MEC Southwest, a first-of-its-kind campus that provides training and education for a new generation of utility workers – nuclear plant workers in particular.
- 1 in 3 Palo Verde employees is a veteran.