Guest Blog by Navigant Research’s Peter Asmus: Data Centers as Microgrids – Moving toward Utility Interdependency

This blog post was written by Peter Asmus, Principal Research Analyst at Navigant Research. HOMER Energy is proud to be a media sponsor of Navigant’s upcoming webinar on October 24th: Data Centers and Advanced Microgrids.   The forecasted growth of Internet of Things devices and the rapid uptake of cloud-based applications to manage the emerging digital economy speak to a fundamental fact: the role data centers will play in our lives will continue […]

HOMER Energy’s Dr. Peter Lilienthal Interviewed by World Bank in Myanmar

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Earlier this year, HOMER Energy Founder and CEO Dr. Peter Lilienthal held HOMER training hosted by the World Bank in Myanmar and was interviewed at ESMAP (Energy Sector Management Assistance Program), a learning event on the topic of upscaling microgrids for least cost and timely access to electricity services.  Click on the image to watch Peter speak about the ESMAP event and HOMER training in a 1-minute video clip: The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) […]

Comet ME’s Jubbet a-Dhib Microgrid — a HOMER Pro Case Study [UPDATED with Confiscation & Return, Reinstallation News]

Jubbet a-Dhib microgridThe returned solar panels are unloaded in Jubbet a-Dhib, a village in the West Bank, Palestine.

Ice Cream, Appliances, and Autonomy: Rural Electrification Project Lights West Bank Village (Read about a tragic update followed by positive outcome for Jubbet a-Dhib microgrid in updates below original post, which was first published April 28, 2017) On a recent trip to Palestine, I had the opportunity to meet with a long-time HOMER Energy customer, Comet-ME, an Israeli-Palestinian NGO bringing off-grid solar power to villages in “Area C” of the Occupied West Bank. […]

SparkMeter Joins HOMER Energy’s Industry Partner Program

SparkMeter, developer of a low-cost, pre-pay-enabled smart-metering solution for electric utilities in developing countries, has joined HOMER Energy‘s Industry Partner Program, reaffirming the organization’s commitment to the rapidly growing microgrid market. As a HOMER Energy Industry Partner, SparkMeter promotes its mission of serving low-income customers in the developing world. The company’s metering system is being widely adopted by utilities serving customers in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.  SparkMeter is a venture-backed company that was […]

From Maria to Microgrids: Why Puerto Rico’s Energy Future Should Be Built on Distributed Energy

Concrete power line poles lie on a highway after Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria.

Puerto Rico has a very long and politicized electrical grid history, and politics will play a big role in how the island territory will recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria, a category 4 storm that hit the island on September 20, 2017. Puerto Rico, barely recovering from Hurricane Irma, was devastated by Maria, a storm so large and so direct that its eye alone literally covered the entire island. The storm destroyed more than three-fourths of the island’s power infrastructure, leaving Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million residents without power. Current estimates are that most of the country won’t be back on-grid for months.

Microgrid Controller, Components Enhance SolarTAC’s New GridNXT Test Facility

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On the HOMER InternationaI Microgrid Conference (HIMC2017) “bonus day,” HOMER Energy invited attendees to tour a number of microgrid-related facilities in the Denver area. I was lucky enough to attend all three tours along with microgrid industry professionals from around the world. The highlight for me was the last tour of the day, a visit to a solar testing facility near Denver International Airport.

Call for Papers! 3rd International Hybrid Power Systems Workshop

The 3rd International Hybrid Power Systems Workshop will take place May 8 & 9, 2018, in Tenerife, Spain. The main objective of the 3rd International Hybrid Power Systems Workshop is to discuss the challenges that arise in isolated and islanded power systems and microgrids, and how these challenges can be efficiently met by deploying a combination of wind, solar, battery, and diesel technologies. Finding viable combinations of conventional and renewable energy is one key […]

Delivering Solutions to Africa’s Energy Challenge

November 9-10, 2017 Holiday Inn Denver-Cherry Creek www.cherrycreekhoteldenver.com Conference registration at: www.EnergyAfricaConference.com Description: As African countries’ economies continue to grow, more business opportunities are emerging and it is more important than ever to build resilient and sustainable energy systems to support this growth and to reduce carbon emissions by leveraging the synergy between gaseous fuels and renewable energy sources.  The Energy Africa Conference, a cost recovery organization, under the theme, “Delivering Clean Solutions […]

Lessons from the Off-grid World: Resilient Distributed Energy Win-Win for Consumers, Utilities

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The future of energy starts with a fundamental transition from a centralized structure dependent on fossil generation to a distributed structure relying mostly on renewable generation. This transition means a large number of small projects instead of a small number of large projects. And you, HOMER users, are the vanguard of this transition.

To ‘fuel’ this future, the grid-connected world can learn a lot of lessons from international (and Alaskan) experience with off-grid and isolated systems, which were the topics of many of the sessions held at HIMC2017. I’m going to talk about 6 such lessons.

HOMER’s HIMC2017 Highlights: Presentations, Panels, Training, and Tours

On Monday, September 18, HIMC2017 kicked off in Denver with a welcome from HOMER Energy CEO Dr. Peter Lillienthal.

We’re just catching up from HOMER Energy‘s HOMER International Microgrid Conference (HIMC2017), which took place this week near our home base, in Denver, Colorado. Approximately 200 attendees participated in presentations about new technologies and industry developments, panel discussions covering on-grid and off-grid topics and including case studies from the Pacific Islands, Haiti, Alaska, and other locations around the world. We’re planning a series of upcoming blog posts here at Microgrid News & Insight, covering […]