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Mississippi Power, Southern building smart neighborhood

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Widespread adoption of residential solar generation and energy storage, electric vehicles, and smart appliances has the potential to dramatically affect electric utilities’ operations.

To see how, Mississippi Power and its parent, Southern Company, plan to build a neighborhood of homes with all those things so they can study them.

Called Enzor Place, the neighborhood will feature houses with Tesla Solar Roofs and Powerwall batteries, EV chargers, energy efficient equipment and appliances, and smart devices. 

“We think these are all really important innovations that our customers are going to be interested in today, tomorrow, for years to come,” Mississippi Power spokesperson Jeff Shepard told The Meridian Star’s Anne Snabes, “and so it’s critical that we know how it will impact both their lives and grid reliability.”

Enzor Place will be located in Lauderdale County, Miss., although Mississippi Power and Southern haven’t specified where. The companies said it will have approximately 45 homes in Phase I, with 100-150 planned for the full development.

Mississippi Power and Tesla installed the first Solar Roof in Mississippi earlier this year on the Habitat for Humanity home in Hattiesburg that is pictured above.

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Matt Chester on Dec 16, 2020

What's the involvement of the homeowners-- are these upgrades provided at no cost to them? Are there behavioral studies on how they can/will get involved with them? 

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Peter Key on Dec 16, 2020

There are no homeowners yet because the homes haven't been built. Mississippi Power gave few specifics in the press release I linked to and only added a couple in the story I linked to. In that, a Mississippi Power spokesman said the company will work with local developers that will market (and, I assume, build) the homes. The lot sizes, home sizes and features of the homes haven't been decided, he said. Mississippi Power will do research on the smart devices in the homes, he said, but he didn't specify what that would entail.

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