The project includes infrastructure upgrades to the demonstration area substation and distribution network, and provides in-home displays, programmable thermostats and home area networks to help customers manage their energy usage.

The SmartGrid project also includes installation of rooftop solar panels at both residential and commercial sites, electric vehicle charging stations and battery storage.

Beginning in October, Landis+Gyr and KCP&L will install Gridstream RF smart grid technology that enables two-way communication between the utility and the meter.

The technology will be deployed in and around the ‘Green Impact Zone’, which is a collaborative effort to focus federal stimulus funding on neighborhoods in Kansas City’s Midtown urban core.