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San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Sudberry Properties, a San Diego-based real estate developer, have announced plans to create a "smart energy" community for the new Civita master-planned development in Mission Valley.

The plan calls for the potential installation of solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations, fuel cell generation, battery storage and enhanced energy management tools for residents.

According to the companies, these smart grid technologies will help residents and businesses conserve electricity, preserve the environment and make Civita a model for future low-carbon communities.

Upon completion, Civita will consist of 4,780 residential homes and apartments, as well as nearly 1 million square feet of retail and office properties.

As the community builds out, SDG&E will work to install other smart grid technologies, including automated switches to enhance power flow to the community and battery energy storage devices to produce and store power locally.

These onsite power sources could allow SDG&E to "island" select buildings and other essential areas within Civita to operate independently of the grid and keep electricity flowing to residents during outages.


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