The Pecan Street Project at Mueller Austin is a smart-grid demonstration project that is supported by a $10.4 million grant from the Department of Energy to “develop and test an integrated clean energy smart grid of tomorrow in the homes of today.”

One of their latest endeavors is to bring one hundred Chevrolet Volts, which run partly on electricity, to participants in the project, who will receive a significant rebate.  Researchers are interested in studying how car charging can be integrated with solar power.