Alabama Power to help develop smart neighborhood of highly energy efficient homes with community microgrid

Written By: Stratton Report
April 21, 2017

On April 21, Alabama Power announced it will partner with Signature Homes, Southern Company, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and technology vendors to develop what the utility termed a smart neighborhood.

According to Alabama Power, the new community, to be part of Signature Homes’ new Reynold’s Landing community at Ross Bridge in Hoover is a research and demonstration project where energy usage and performance data are collected from the homes’ innovative features.

Per the company, the information will be analyzed to understand how the features can improve the ways homes are built and function; data will be supplied by HVAC systems, heat pump water heaters and other technologies.

John Hudson, senior vice president of Marketing and Business Development remarked: “Customers today expect energy solutions that fit their lifestyles, and that is the idea behind Smart Neighborhood by Alabama Power. Our goal is to continue to enhance our customers’ experiences and to ensure they have more control over their energy use.”

Alabama Power stressed that the energy for its Smart Neighborhood will be provided by the existing electric grid, as well as a “microgrid,” which is composed of solar panels, battery storage and backup generation.

Per the utility, Signature Homes is the community developer and will oversee the construction and sale of the homes.

Chief Executive Officer Dwight Sandlin remarked:

At Signature Homes, we are constantly looking for ways to enhance the lives of our customers through innovation and design. We could not be more proud to participate in such an exciting endeavor with top industry leaders Alabama Power, Southern Company and numerous technology vendors to deliver one of the first ever smart neighborhoods. Reynold’s Landing homes of the future will provide buyers the latest in technology, connectivity and energy saving features, and is the perfect addition to the award-winning Ross Bridge community in Hoover.