Georgia Power, PulteGroup partner for first Smart Neighborhood in Atlanta
The community, according to a release, will be at Pulte's Altus at the Quarter development and feature connected townhomes in the first phase of the project. The community is 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 and will feature the Hutton floor plan featuring 2,349-plus-square-foot four-story townhome with three to four bedrooms and two-car garage . Construction is underway with the grand opening scheduled for later this year.
Each technology-enhanced home in the Georgia Power Smart Neighborhood will be served by Georgia Power with power supplemented by individual rooftop solar installations and in-home battery energy storage. Homes will also be equipped with the latest energy technologies such as optimal insulation for maximum efficiency, advanced heating and cooling systems and LED lighting and home automation featuring smart thermostats, smart locks and voice control.
"Building the future of energy in Georgia centers on our continued commitment to offer new, flexible products and services that meet the changing needs of our customers," said Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power. "This partnership with PulteGroup provides a unique opportunity for us to demonstrate how energy companies can collaborate with homebuilders and retail partners to better serve customers today while developing new opportunities for tomorrow."
The partnership helps keep Pulte at the forefront of residential energy efficiency, officials said.
“We are always looking for innovative ways to break new ground through sustainable practices, such as with our first zero net home in California last year," said Ryan Marshall, president and chief executive officer for PulteGroup.
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company, which emphasizes the importance of robust research and development (R&D) to better serve customers. The Smart Neighborhood initiative, including separate projects with Georgia Power and its sister operating company Alabama Power, reinforces Southern Company's commitment to R&D to benefit nine million customers in the United States, officials said.
The Georgia Power Smart Neighborhood will serve as a real-world study where performance data, and energy usage will be analyzed to provide insight into the effectiveness of emerging energy technologies and materials and how homes of the future can be better built and function. Additionally, Georgia Power continues to conduct R&D through programs developed with and approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission, such as separate solar energy research projects with the University of Georgia and Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The partnership with Georgia Power is another example of PulteGroup's commitment to sustainability. In 2016, Pulte was the largest homebuilder to participate in Pacific Gas and Electric Company's (PG&E) Zero Net Energy Production Builder Demonstration program aimed at building new homes that maximize utility grid load reduction. Completing the construction of its first zero net energy (ZNE) home prototype in Northern California, the home is designed to minimize its environmental impact by generating as much energy as it uses.
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