Home Energy company Nicor ​​Gas and Southern Company partner with two local Habitat for Humanity affiliates to build energy-efficient, net-zero communities in Chicagoland

Nicor ​​Gas and Southern Company partner with two local Habitat for Humanity affiliates to build energy-efficient, net-zero communities in Chicagoland


smart neighborhood concepts being planned for Aurora and Northern Fox Valley

NAPERVILLE, Ill., October 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Nicor ​​Gas and Southern Company announce a new partnership with Fox Valley and Northern Fox Valley affiliates Habitat for Humanity to develop Smart Neighborhood communities dedicated to providing affordable, greenhouse gas-free housing options in the Chicagoland area.

Two planned communities, one in Aurora and a second under development in North Fox Valley, will total 30 net-zero emissions single-family homes equipped with a combination of renewable, electric and natural gas technologies. Eligible residents will be freed from costly mortgages and benefit from the use of features such as energy-efficient appliances that help reduce high energy bills; while reducing their carbon footprint.

The Smart Neighborhood will be built along Jericho Road and Garden Avenue near the Burlington Northern Railroad tracks in Aurora. Also known as CARE (Carbon-neutral, Affordable, Resilient and Efficient) communities, each Smart Neighborhood will come with high-efficiency building envelopes, solar panels and battery solutions that will enable greater reliability in the event storms or bad weather. Groundbreaking for the Aurora development is expected to take place next spring. Northern Fox Valley development work is scheduled for 2024.

“We are only at the beginning of imagining the potential of renewable technologies and the resilience of a net zero future,” said Wendell Dallas, Chairman and CEO of Nicor ​​Gas. “As we enter this Fourth Industrial Revolution, we must be more than innovative but inclusive to ensure that everyone can enjoy the cost savings and satisfaction of knowing they are doing their part to ensure a clean energy future for their people. communities.”

Smart Neighborhood is a registered trademark of Southern Company, the ultimate parent company of Nicor ​​Gas. Smart neighborhoods advance energy technologies that work together in an affordable and reliable clean energy economy. They lead to job creation, various business partnerships, economic development and green transportation. The Aurora community will be the first smart neighborhood to be built Illinois and will launch a three-year research study to examine how natural gas can be part of the solution to achieving net zero energy goals.

“At Habitat for Humanity, we are excited to work alongside Nicor ​​Gas to create a path to strength, stability and independence through home ownership,” said Jeffrey Barrette, executive director and CEO of Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity. “This collaboration represents a unique opportunity to advance the adoption of net-zero energy solutions, while making them available to people who could not normally afford these environmental improvements.”

As the largest supplier of natural gas to Illinois, Nicor ​​Gas conducts cutting-edge research and development every day focused on a clean and resilient energy future. Nicor ​​Gas is part of Southern Company Gas, a family of four natural gas distribution companies whose commitment to sustainability includes moving toward net zero emissions from operations, while providing quality customer solutions, enriching communities and investing in innovation.

Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit organization that brings people together to build homes, communities and hope, envisioning a world where everyone has a decent place to live. The housing organization works in communities in all 50 states.

For this project, Fox Valley and Northern Fox Valley affiliates Habitat for Humanity will serve as the Smart Neighborhood Initiative Developer. In addition, Habitat for Humanity will partner with local authorities as part of a broader neighborhood revitalization initiative to carry out home repairs and build affordable, quality housing for those in need. Nicor ​​Gas will support this initiative through its energy efficiency program.

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About Nicor ​​Gas

Nicor ​​Gas is one of four natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Nicor ​​Gas serves more than 2.2 million customers in a service territory that encompasses most of the northern third of Illinoisexcluding the city of Chicago. For more information, visit nicorgas.com.

About Southern Company Gas

Southern Company Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlantabased at Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s leading energy company. Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.3 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in four states with approximately 666,000 retail customers through its companies that market natural gas. Other non-utility businesses include investments in interstate pipelines and the ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit southcompanygas.com.

About the Southern Company

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy company serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through three-state electric utility companies, four-state natural gas distribution companies, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a major distributed energy infrastructure, fiber optic and telecommunications network company. services. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices below the national average. For more than a century, we’ve been building the future of energy and developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technologies. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation and a low-carbon future, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are developing the custom energy solutions our customers and communities need to drive growth and prosperity. Our uncompromising values ​​ensure that we place the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and govern our business for the benefit of our world. Our corporate culture and hiring practices are nationally recognized. Southern Company was named America’s 2nd Best Large Employer in Forbes Magazine’s 2022 rankings. Additional accolades have been received from the US Department of Defense, GI Jobs magazine, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Fortune’s list of “World’s Most Admired Companies” and the Women’s Choice Award, to name a few. some. To learn more, visit www.southerncompany.com.

About Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity found its first inspirations as a grassroots movement on an interracial southern community farm Georgia. Since its founding in 1976, the Christian Housing Organization has grown to become a leading global nonprofit organization working in local communities in all 50 states of the United States and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a helping hand partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat owners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, anyone can help families achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a life. better. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit www.habitat.org.

SOURCE Southern Society; Nicor ​​Gas