New Mexico Working With Japan On Smart Grid

New Mexico – Two national laboratories, the state of New Mexico and a Japanese agency are teaming up to develop smart grid technology that would allow homeowners and businesses to take advantage of more renewable energy sources by better controlling the supply and demand of electric power.

Officials with Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, or NEDO, were in New Mexico on Friday to sign a memorandum of understanding that spells out the four-year demonstration project.

The project will include development of a micro-grid and solar photovoltaic system in Los Alamos as well as a smart commercial building in a new development south of Albuquerque.

More than a dozen Japanese companies have signed on to help with various elements of the grid technology. They include Toshiba, Hitachi and Kyocera.

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