With Less than a Week till HIMC2017, Here’s a Conference Preview!

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I’m just back from the incredible experience of participating in Solar Power International (we’ll write more about that soon) and can hardly believe it’s already time for our own premier gathering of microgrid industry leaders. The 5th Annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference (HIMC2017) is less than a week away, and I’m really excited about our agenda and the impact of taking part in such an inspiring and educational experience. I hope you’re reading […]

HOMER Energy Brings Microgrid Modeling to Solar Power International the Week Before Denver Microgrid Event

spi wrapupThe HOMER Energy team poses at our booth in SPI's Microgrid Marketplace before a full day of conversations and HOMER Pro demos.

SPI wrapup … brief Solar Power International highlights On September 10-13, HOMER Energy joined thousands of exhibitors and tens of thousands of attendees at Solar Power International (SPI) in Las Vegas. The show was a huge success and we look forward to seeing some of our friends from SPI next week at the HOMER International Microgrid Conference (HIMC2017) in Denver, Colorado. Here are a few photos from SPI… If you didn’t have a […]

Senator Murkowski to Introduce HIMC2017’s Alaskan Microgrids Panel Discussion

With its extreme weather and remote communities, Alaska has much to teach the world about microgrids. Industry leaders gathered in Denver next week for the 5th annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference (HIMC2017) can gain valuable insight on Alaska, the “first frontier” of hybrid microgrids.  Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski will introduce a panel on remote Alaskan microgrids via video link. Senator Murkowski co-authored the widely supported bipartisan Energy and Natural Resources Act in July, […]

HOMER Energy Prepares to Host 5th International Microgrid Conference in Denver, Colorado

The HOMER International Microgrid Conference is the only event of its kind focused on bringing together global leaders and influencers in the microgrid community. Both an educational and networking event, the conference allows attendees to connect with others in their industry to discuss projects and collaborative opportunities. 2017 presentation topics include The Current Microgrid Market State, Microgrid Finance, and Grid Connected Case Studies. The third day offers an optional training in the HOMER software, and the fourth day includes optional tours of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, a tour of the nation’s largest public-private outdoor solar testing and demonstration facility at SolarTAC, and a look inside a leading edge effort to bring clean energy to existing commercial buildings with a visit to the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado’s LEED Platinum building, the Alliance Center.

Lessons from Irma and Harvey: Time for Transition to Resilient Renewable-Energy Microgrids

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Our out-of-date fossil-fuel-based infrastructure is failing a world where climate change is bringing more frequent, more extreme, more intense weather to the planet. And the lesson, if we are smart enough to learn it, is that as long as we’re dependent on fossil fuels, these weather events and other related disasters will wreak long-lasting havoc on human lives, the economy, and on the environment.

Combined Dispatch Algorithm “Two-for-one Deal” Accurately Models Microgrid Controller

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By Cycle Charging during periods of low net load, the Combined Dispatch algorithm helps avoid using a diesel generator at low loads. By Load Following during periods of high net load, the algorithm maximizes the use of available renewable energy. Due to this flexibility of being able to account for both high and low loads, the Combined Dispatch algorithm is a better option than choosing between Load Following or Cycle Charging (and potentially making the wrong choice). It is also a better option than running both strategies by default, which doubles the processing time. On top of that, we’ve seen that Combined Dispatch can perform as well, if not better than, either Load Following or Cycle Charging.

HOMER Energy Releases New, Powerful Enhancements to Make Microgrid Modeling Easier

HOMER Energy maintains its commitment to “clean power everywhere” with new innovations that benefit the energy access market Boulder, CO — September 7, 2017 — HOMER Energy, the global leader in microgrid decision analysis and design, today announced a new release of its industry-leading HOMERⓇ Pro software, bringing greater simplicity and accuracy to the development of hybrid microgrid and distributed generation systems. With the release of version 3.10, HOMER Pro now includes a […]

HOMER Pro v3.10 Brings Powerful Enhancements That Make It Easier to Use and Better than Ever

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HOMER Energy announces HOMER® Pro v3.10, which includes new features for greater ease-of-use and more sample data to users across the globe. This release adds a diverse library of sample loads for more accurate modeling, new templates to help get data into HOMER Pro quickly and easily, and more than 20,000 new components so users can now model with the specific hardware they need. Get accurate load data with sample load profiles Electric […]

From Canada to the Caribbean: HOMER Heads North, West, & South for Upcoming Events

HOMER Energy is traveling all over this September and October to participate in some industry-leading events. In addition to our own 5th annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference in Denver, Colorado, September 18-19, we’ll be heading to: Solar Power International (SPI), Las Vegas, Nevada, September 10-13. Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF), Miami, Florida, October 18-20. Renewables in Remote Microgrids/Communities conference, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada, October 23-26. Solar Power International (SPI) North America’s largest solar […]

How to Reduce Energy Costs with Peak Shaving (HOMER Energy at Solar Power International)

For grid-connected commercial and industrial (C&I) customers, the demand charges associated with peaks in consumption during high-use periods can be substantial–up to 70% of the customer’s utility bill–and peak shaving is a great option to reduce these costs. In fact, a just-released National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) survey of U.S. demand charges found that more than 25% of commercial utility customers (or about 5 million customers)  in the U.S. alone would benefit from reducing peak demand consumption.