Track L | Emerging Energy Trends
Alabama Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, is at the forefront of energy research and development with its Smart Neighborhood™, a connected
microgrid community demonstration. This project is centered around a community-scale microgrid comprised of battery storage, solar panels and backup
generation. Smart Neighborhood is a state-of-the-art community of 62 homes featuring emerging energy-efficient technologies, materials, and appliances,
all connected to the community-scale microgrid. Performance data and energy usage are collected from the homes’ innovative features and will be
analyzed to provide insight into how homes can be built and function more efficiently. The project is a collaborative partnership with Signature
Homes, Southern Company, United States Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, PowerSecure, and various technology and other vendors.
Smart Neighborhood is located in Hoover, Ala. Construction on the community and microgrid began this summer and is set to be completed by spring
2018. This project will demonstrate how utilities can provide increasing value to the neighborhoods of the future.