The Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant, located near Dothan in southeast Alabama, is owned by Alabama Power and operated by Southern Nuclear. It is one of three nuclear facilities in the Southern Company system.
Construction of the two-unit plant started in 1970. Unit 1 began commercial operation in December 1977. Unit 2 began commercial operation in July 1981. Each unit is capable of generating 900 megawatts for a total capacity of 1,800 mw. The plant is powered by pressurized water reactors manufactured by Westinghouse.
Approximately 900 people - engineers, mechanics, control room operators, lab technicians, instrument and control technicians, electricians, security officers and others - oversee the plant's operations 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
In 2005, Plant Farley's operating license was extended by the NRC for an additional 20 years.
If you would like to receive information about Plant Farley or would like to schedule a plant tour or informative presentation for your school group, civic group or other group, please call the Farley Visitors Center staff at 334-899-5108.
Since 1992, Plant Farley has been recognized as a certified wildlife habitat by the Wildlife Habitat Council. The council is a non-profit international organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing wildlife habitats.
Almost half of Farley's 1,850 acres are wooded, with the remainder consisting of meadows, wetlands, ponds and a 95-acre lake.
Shortly after Plant Farley was built, a detailed land management plan was developed. The plan outlines strategies for enhancing the habitat for waterfowl, songbirds, deer and plant life. Mowing, tree planting and nest box placement are carefully monitored.
Plant Farley's bluebird nesting program is considered a very successful wildlife program. More than 75 bluebird boxes have been installed at the site. The nesting program has expanded into the local community. The plant has partnered with local school children who help monitor the boxes and record results.