Mississippi Power creates smart energy neighbourhood

  • December 1, 2020
  • Steve Rogerson
A Tesla Solar Roof was installed on this Habitat for Humanity Home in Hattiesburg by Cross Roofing, a certified Tesla installer, in less than three days.

Utility Mississippi Power is creating a smart neighbourhood in Lauderdale County, Mississippi, using the Tesla Solar Roof, Powerwall batteries, energy efficient equipment and appliances, and smart home automation.

“Mississippi Power uses the most advanced technologies to offer creative energy that make our customers’ lives easier every day,” said Anthony Wilson, Mississippi Power president and CEO. “This smart neighbourhood is designed to simplify homeowners’ lives and give them more control over their home and energy use.”

Earlier this summer, Mississippi Power and Tesla installed the first solar roof in the state on a Habitat for Humanity home in Hattiesburg. The roof was installed by Cross Roofing, a certified Tesla installer, in less than three days. Mississippi Power is using the data collected at this residence to research how the Tesla Solar Roof performs in south-east Mississippi.

“Mississippi Power employees have volunteered on numerous Habitat for Humanity home builds across our service territory over the years,” said Fran Forehand, Mississippi Power vice president. “This was a natural partnership with Habitat that provides the added benefit of studying how an innovative technology can best serve our customers.”

Enzor Place will have approximately 45 homes in the first phase, with 100 to 150 planned for the full development. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2021.

Now in its 95th year of operations, Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, produces safe, reliable and affordable energy for more than 188,000 users in 23 south-east Mississippi counties. With nearly 160MW of approved solar energy capacity, Mississippi Power is the largest partner in providing renewable energy in the state of Mississippi.