SmartStreet® is bringing energy awareness to East Hills neighborhood
In 2011, SmartStreet® offered a sneak peek at emerging opportunities for saving energy, saving money and improving the environment. A year-long pilot project centered in the Grand Rapids community of East Hills, SmartStreet® previewed the ways Consumers Energy is preparing to meet growing energy demand with renewable energy resources and greater energy efficiency.
SmartStreet® has installed smart meters at approximately 60 homes and commercial properties in Grand Rapids’ East Hills neighborhood. These participants received an energy audit and energy-efficient lighting. Using web portals and home energy display units, participants tracked and actively controlled their energy usage in near real time.
A plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging station and solar generator demonstration reflected the program’s commitment to clean, renewable energy.