Smart Grid Observer

Alabama Power Partners with Builders to Launch Smart Neighborhood Builder Program

Source: Smart Grid Observer

Three new Smart Neighborhood builds planned around the state as part of innovative homebuilding program

November 8, 2018 -- Building off the success of its first Smart Neighborhood, Alabama Power has developed a homebuilding program to partner with homebuilders on smart neighborhoods across the state.Smart Neighborhood Builder Program promotes energy efficiency through collaboration with homebuilders to build energy-efficient homes that feature advanced energy products and home automation. These future-focused communities are designed to make customers' lives more comfortable, convenient and connected through features that can be managed by smart devices and voice activation.

'We continuously strive to provide innovative energy solutions to improve the quality of life for our customers,' said Greg Barker, Alabama Power executive vice president for customer services. 'With Smart Neighborhood Homebuilder, we expect to see the future of homebuilding become a reality in our state through industry-leading partnerships and the program's growth.'

Each Smart Neighborhood home is built to make residents' lives easier, combining enhanced energy-efficiency measures and smart technologies. Alabama Power is partnering with Vivint Smart Home to equip each home with smart home technology including 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: improved insulation, high-efficiency heat pump and water heater and Energy Star appliances

Alabama Power representatives will serve as technical experts, supporting builders on program standards and energy-efficient technologies.

Three homebuilders across Alabama have committed to the program: Holland Homes and Harris Doyle Homes with plans for neighborhoods located in Auburn, and Curtis White Companies with a neighborhood planned for Leeds. Construction on the three communities will start in 2019.

Construction is complete on Alabama Power's flagship Smart Neighborhood - the Reynolds Landing community in suburban Birmingham. The project has received national acclaim, notably from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which named the project one of the most innovative energy projects in the country as part of its EnergyInnovates campaign.


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