Big changes are taking place in energy production, distribution and consumption. Fuel sources are changing toward renewable, requiring grid load to be more carefully managed and compensated with storage devices. This new energy structure must be properly connected and intelligently operated. Key components for achieving this connected grid are wireless systems to transmit data from different end-points in the grid and the wireless modules and sensors those systems require. Testing integration and deployment models for these systems is the first step toward implementing a smarter grid.