Georgia's first-of-a-kind Smart Neighborhood, located in Atlanta, includes 46 technology-enhanced townhomes equipped with battery backed rooftop solar arrays, optimal insulation for maximum efficiency, advanced heating and cooling systems, LED lighting, home automation, including smart thermostats, smart locks and voice control.
The Smart Neighborhood is a real-world research and development (R&D) project, including a supporting partnership with the Southern Company Energy Innovation Center. The company collaborated with U.S. DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) on the initiatives. The information and data collected from the distributed energy resources will provide researchers valuable operational experience as the company continues to evaluate microgrids along with residential battery storage and rooftop solar. Information from the HVAC systems, heat pump water heaters and other technologies will help inform new programs and services for customers.
Georgia Power also offers a full suite of smart-home options, which includes easy access to products and services to help make customers' homes more energy efficient and connected. The company brings together popular products in the Smart Neighborhood, including the latest in smart thermostats and smart home products such as smart filters, lighting, door locks, light switches, vents, smoke alarms and doorbells, to a single online portal.
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(Source: Georgia Power, PR, 28 July, 2020) Contact: SEPA, www.sepapower.org; Georgia Power, www.georgiapower.com
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Each of the new community's 46 townhouses is equipped with solar panels, batteries and energy efficiency components such as heat pump water heaters (HPWH) connected to a neighborhood microgrid. The microgrid-linked townhouse resources will be managed and optimized with a "grid-interactive control system" developed by the US DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory, supported by the national Buildings Technology Office.
The "Smart Home" technology in each of the town houses was developed by Atlanta-based home builder Pulte Group Inc. in partnership with with Georgia Power. Thermostats, security systems, appliances and other features can be controlled via the Pulte controls suite and through phone app and voice activation. According to Pulte, the energy optimization platform can schedule the use of appliances in coordination with the solar and battery and thus lower energy costs.
(Source: US DOE, Pulte Group, Energy Storage, 6 Aug., 2019)Contact: Pulte Group Inc., www.pultegroupinc.com
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The Smart Neighborhood Builder Program promotes energy efficiency through collaboration with home-builders to build energy-efficient homes that feature advanced energy products and home automation.
Smart Community Neighborhood homes feature: enhanced energy-efficiency measures and smart home technologies such as voice-activated security, smart locks, lights, cameras and garage door control; Smart homes also will feature: Google Home smart speakers; Nest Learning thermostats; advanced energy-efficient building features such as improved insulation, high-efficiency heat pump and water heater and Energy Star appliances.
For the project, Alabama Power representatives will serve as technical experts, supporting builders on program standards and energy-efficient technologies.
Participating homebuilders include Holland Homes, Harris Doyle Homes and Curtis White Companies. (Source: Alabama Power, Smart Grid Observer, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: Alabama Power, Greg Barker, Exec. VP Customer Services, www.alabamapower.com
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