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Like it or not, getting our electricity from renewable sources is the way of the future.  Harnessing the abundant energy in the form of solar, wind, or tidal power seems to be the next big frontier in energy.  If you don't believe me, just take a drive across the flatter portion of our country (AKA the Great Plains) and you'll see all the proof you need.  The sheer amount of wind and solar farms is staggering - now, it looks like that green energy is making it's way to Shreveport in a very big way.

According to the report from KTVZ.com, a new development in Shreveport's Highland neighborhood will not only draw power from the sun - they'll get their very own "micro-grid."  That means that the next time a huge storm blows through our area, residents that call this area home will theoretically still have power.

Trinity Bluff is currently under construction, but Shreveport homebuilders DSLD Homes says that the extra work they are putting in to this neighborhood will be well worth the wait. The builder has partnered with SWEPCO to provide a separate-but-still-connected, dedicated power grid for this area and a massive solar farm that will provide the electricity.  On top of that, DSLD is installing a sophisticated battery facility that will store and distribute the collected energy.

To make the most efficient use of this power, each house in the area will reportedly be equipped with smart thermostats, LED lighting, induction cook tops, and more.  On top of that, the entire neighborhood will be lit up at night by solar-powered streetlights!

If you have been waiting for an environmentally-conscious home in Shreveport, or you just don't want to suffer in the dark and boil water over an open flame the next time we have a catastrophic weather event - you just got the "green" light.

 

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