Neighborhood of the Future: The Story Behind the Ross Bridge Smart Community and the Solar Micro Grid

APA Alabama Chapter


Friday, October 6, 2017
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. CDT

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The Neighborhood of the Future(NotF) is the first of its kind in the country – a real life environment to study the future of the electric grid and how customers interact with it in a real home. Data from the community will enable us to provide reliable and affordable energy to its customers well into the future


NotF is a partnership between Southern Company, Alabama Power, Signature Homes and the Department of Energy


Two components of innovation: integrated microgrid and behind the meter technologies. APC will provide electric service to this neighborhood through an integrated microgrid supported by localized distributed generation and energy storage.

·       240 kW of solar panels

·       250 kW, 600 kWh battery (2 hours at peak load)

·       300 kW reciprocating engine DG source for islanding of the neighborhood and grid support


In addition, the homes will be equipped with high performance construction features and advanced systems designed to enhance the efficient utilization of energy and facilitate the incorporation of new technologies (such as electric vehicles).


·       Upgraded high-efficiency triple pane windows, heat pump water heater, high efficiency HVAC and improved sealing and insulation.

·       Remote ability to control lights, plugs, garage, door locks. Voice control will also be enabled.

·       Control appliances remotely via phone.


·       Security system with integrated doorbell camera.


Johnathan Belcher

PRESIDENT AND CO-FOUNDER Jonathan Belcher Jonathan Belcher is the President of Signature Homes, co-founding the company with Dwight Sandlin in 1999. Prior to Signature Homes, Belcher worked for Regency Homes and continued to work there following the sale to D. R. Horton Homes three years. He has held a number ... Read More

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