Alabama Power Partners with Builders to Launch Smart Neighborhood® Builder Program

Three new Smart Neighborhood builds planned around the state as part
of innovative homebuilding program

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Building off the success of its first Smart Neighborhood, Alabama Power
has developed a homebuilding program to partner with homebuilders on
smart neighborhoods across the state.

Smart Neighborhood Builder Program promotes energy efficiency
through collaboration with homebuilders to build energy-efficient homes
that feature advanced energy products and home automation. These
future-focused communities are designed to make customers’ lives more
comfortable, convenient and connected through features that can be
managed by smart devices and voice activation.

“We continuously strive to provide innovative energy solutions to
improve the quality of life for our customers,” said Greg Barker,
Alabama Power executive vice president for customer services. “With
Smart Neighborhood Homebuilder, we expect to see the future of
homebuilding become a reality in our state through industry-leading
partnerships and the program’s growth.”

Each Smart Neighborhood home is built to make residents’ lives easier,
combining enhanced energy-efficiency measures and smart technologies.
Alabama Power is partnering with Vivint Smart Home to equip each
home with smart home technology including voice-activated security,
smart locks, lights, cameras and garage door control.

Smart homes also will feature:

  • Google Home smart speakers for voice control of your home.
  • Nest Learning thermostats to help save energy and provide more control
    over your home’s temperature when you are at home or away.
  • Advanced energy-efficient building features: improved insulation,
    high-efficiency heat pump and water heater and Energy Star appliances.

Alabama Power representatives will serve as technical experts,
supporting builders on program standards and energy-efficient
technologies.

Three homebuilders across Alabama have committed to the program: Holland
Homes and Harris Doyle Homes with plans for neighborhoods located in
Auburn, and Curtis White Companies with a neighborhood planned for
Leeds. Construction on the three communities will start in 2019.

Holland Homes’ Northwoods subdivision will include 51 smart homes.

“We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with Alabama Power
on this new development and are excited for what this means for our
company, the families that will call Northwoods home and the future of
the home building industry,” said Daniel Holland, Holland Homes
president. “We believe this Smart Neighborhood is truly on the
cutting-edge of what can be done to incorporate the combination of the
latest technologies with how we live our lives today into your home.”

Harris Doyle Homes will develop a 55-home Smart Neighborhood.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with Alabama
Power on their Smart Neighborhood concept,” said Brooks Harris, Harris
Doyle chief business development officer. “We firmly believe that smart
homes are the future of housing, and Alabama Power has used its
unparalleled knowledge and resource base to create a thoughtful,
practical program that will benefit consumers with both energy savings
and convenience. We can’t wait to introduce these innovative new homes
to Auburn in 2019.”

Curtis White Companies’ Cedar Rock Farms neighborhood will
feature 21 smart homes.

“Along with our trusted craftsmanship, we are excited to work with
Alabama Power to be able to bring the future of smart home technology
into our custom-built homes,” said Katie McLaughlin, Curtis White
Companies vice president. “For customers this means their homes’ energy
needs will be equipped with intelligent energy saving technology,
saving them money and enhancing their home’s value.”

Construction is complete on Alabama Power’s flagship Smart Neighborhood
– the Reynolds Landing community in suburban Birmingham. The project has
received national acclaim, notably from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,
which named the project one of the most innovative energy projects in
the country as part of its EnergyInnovates campaign.

Alabama Power, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:SO),
is focused on providing innovative energy solutions to improve
customers’ lives. Learn more at www.alabamapower.com.
Learn more about Smart Neighborhood at www.apcsmartneighborhood.com.

Contacts

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