Leaders from Georgia Power, PulteGroup, the Georgia Public Service Commission, U.S. Department of Energy, City of Atlanta and the project’s technology partners recently joined together to officially open Atlanta’s first Smart Neighborhood™ at PulteGroup’s development in Atlanta’s Upper West Side, one of the city’s most vibrant and popular areas. The first 46 townhomes developed at Altus at the Quarter will be a part of the Georgia Power Smart Neighborhood, where each technology-enhanced home will be served by Georgia Power and supplemented by rooftop solar installations and in-home battery energy storage. Hear more about the project from Georgia Power Program Manager Tim Carter on a recent episode of the RESTalk podcast. With the additional insulation and rooftop solar, the homes will have a HERS score in the high 30s compared to the average HERS score in Georgia of 68 for single-family homes built in 2018. These homes were rated by HERS Rating Company Ensign Building Solutions. The homes will feature Pulte’s Hutton and Summerford floor plans. The four-story townhomes span 2,800+ sq. ft. and feature three to four bedrooms and a two-car garage. They will be equipped with the latest energy technologies such as optimal insulation for maximum efficiency, advanced heating and cooling systems, LED lighting, electric vehicle chargers, and home automation featuring smart thermostats, smart locks, smart light switches, smart outlets, outdoor cameras and voice control. Georgia Power is also collaborating with Southern Company Research and Development (R&D), U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to better understand the integration between rooftop solar, in-home battery storage and the traditional electric grid as well as how homeowners interact with their connected devices and high-efficiency technologies. Click here to read the release.