Officials in Los Alamos County have switched on a $53 million smart grid developed by scientists working in New Mexico and Japan, reports the Associated Press.
The project has involved collaboration between Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and Los Alamos County and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The smart grid comprises a solar photovoltaic array, a battery storage system and a smart house and energy management system for the benefit of Los Alamos residents.
The Japanese organization is reported to be working on a similar project in Albuquerque.
According to the researchers, the smart grid project should help to prove the technology is viable as well as contribute towards the establishment of international smart-grid standards.
By providing real-time information on energy consumption, smart grids are intended to help consumers and providers become more energy efficient and reduce costs.
Governor Susana Martinez, NEDO chairman Kazuo Furukawa and Toshiba chief executive Norio Sasaki attended a ceremony at which the Los Alamos smart grid was unveiled.