A sustainable housing development in Hastings, NZ will be fitted with the latest in electricity network technology, as part of a research project by lines company, Unison Networks.

The development, located on Fitzroy Avenue, is a joint project between Horvath Homes and Hastings District Properties.  It expands on the Best Home concept, with one existing property retro-fitted and eleven new homes built using sustainable building practices, including ‘distributed generation’ technology, consisting of solar panels and an energy storage system.

“The housing development is great for Hawke’s Bay.  In addition to showcasing sustainable building practices, these homes will benefit from ‘smart’ network technology, and enjoy the enhanced security and ambience of energy-efficient Philips LED street lighting,” said Unison Group Chief Executive Officer, Ken Sutherland.

“The houses will feature the latest in-home technology, and have UnisonFibre’s ultra-fast broadband service installed, which already offers speeds in excess of one gig. This will be a real-life testament to the benefits of ‘smart living’ in Hawke’s Bay.”

The development forms part of Unison’s ‘Interplay’ research and development project, which is a comprehensive trial providing Unison with first hand-experience of the operation, performance and potential impact of three technologies on the network – electric vehicles, distributed generation such as solar PV, and energy storage.

The subdivision will provide insights and data on consumer behaviour in response to new technology, as well as highlight network impacts.

“The data we gain from the Horvath Homes development, along with other trials as part of the Interplay project, will help inform future development and investment decisions relating to Unison’s network.”

It is expected the subdivision development work will be finished by Christmas, with the first home completed and installed with the energy systems in mid-2014.

Michelle is a freelance journalist and editor who, as well as covering all the latest and breaking industry news, is a gun proofreader and editor who never misses a trick.

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