Learn about the groundbreaking Alabama Smart Neighborhood Project
At the end of 2016, Alabama Power partnered with Southern Company Services (SCS), Signature Homes, PowerSecure, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and technology vendors to introduce the Smart Neighborhood, a state-of-the-art community of 62 homes in Birmingham, Alabama. The project features:
- High-performance homes
- Internet-enabled automation
- Smart devices
- A community-scale microgrid consisting of a 330 kW-AC PV system, 360 kW/681 kWh of battery storage, and a 360 kW prime/400 kW stand-by natural gas generator
This research-oriented pilot project was designed as an opportunity to learn about the technical benefits that smart neighborhoods make possible.
The neighborhood has been operational and fully inhabited for almost 2 years. In this time, SCS, ORNL, and EPRI have been testing and analyzing the neighborhood’s performance to understand how the various components and technologies within the neighborhood can work together to provide both utility and customer value.
Olu Ajala, Senior Research Engineer at SCS, will present on this groundbreaking project. He will cover:
- Project background
- Deployment and field experiences
- Use cases being studied
- Performance test results