Princeton Power Systems Energizes the Microgrid Market throughout the Caribbean

 PRINCETON, NJ, Apr 23, 2015 (Marketwired) Princeton Power Systems — a leading global designer and manufacturer of technology products and embedded software for energy management, microgrid operations, and electric vehicle charging — has made moves to expand efforts in the Caribbean and developing island nations, leveraging its base of operating projects in Jamaica, Haiti, the Bahamas, and Bermuda, with an eye toward building collaborations in Cuba. Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Darren Hammell […]

Deep Dive Workshop: Modeling Hybrid Renewable Microgrids with the HOMER Software

HOMER Energy invites you to join us for a no-cost workshop in Manila, Philippines on June 15, 2015, part of the 2015 Asian Clean Energy Forum. The workshop is free for attendees of the ACEF. Click here to learn more about the Asian Clean Energy Forum. Registration for the deep-dive workshop is at the bottom of this page. There are opportunities to both sponsor and speak at this event. Objectives:  Participants will learn […]

Global Microgrid Market to Grow at 18.72% CAGR by 2019

(PRNewswire-iReach) Analysts at RnR Market Research forecast the global microgrid market to grow at a CAGR of 18.72% in terms of revenue and at 17.29% in terms of microgrid installed capacity over the period 2014-2019. The report, Global Microgrid Market 2015-2019, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes […]

New Options for Academic and Student Licensing of the HOMER Modeling Software

One of the most gratifying things I have seen as I have watched HOMER Energy grow has been the interest of academics in using HOMER – from the classroom, to the thesis, and beyond. Our CEO, Dr. Peter Lilienthal, loves to tell the story of visiting the Minister of Energy of a northern African nation and learning that the Minister had done his master’s thesis using HOMER. As the Chief Operating Officer and […]

Power Outage in Washington, DC Highlights Need for Microgrids

Many parts of Washington, DC, including the White House, Department of Energy, other federal buildings and subway lines lost power on April 7th due to an explosion at a power station in southern Maryland. Although the White House experienced only momentary darkness before backup generators for the US Capitol complex took over, visitors had to be evacuated from a number of the national museums nearby. The event underscores how microgrids can and should […]

HOMER Software Plays Key Analytical Role in Economics of Load Defection Report

Electricity meter

The HOMER hybrid renewable energy economic optimization model is showing its power in a new way – by driving the analysis behind the ground-breaking report, “The Economics of Load Defection: How Grid-Connected Solar-plus-Battery Systems Will Compete with Traditional Electric Service, Why It Matters, and Possible Paths Forward,” which was released today by the Rocky Mountain Institute and co-authored by HOMER Energy LLC and others. The report is a follow-up to the early 2014 […]

Microgrids and US Grid Security

After the storm

In August 2003, a blackout affected a large swath of the Northeastern US and parts of Ontario: “Triggered by an unpruned tree branch in Ohio — coupled with a software glitch and human error — the chain-reaction outage snarled transportation systems, shut down stock exchanges and was blamed for contributing directly to 10 deaths as it spread through the Northeast’s population centers.” It was the world’s second most widespread blackout in history and affected […]

DC Microgrids Scoping Study: Estimate of Technical and Economic Benefits

Microgrid demonstrations and deployments have shown the ability of microgrids to provide higher reliability and higher power quality than utility power systems and improved energy utilization. The U.S. Los Alamos National Laboratory has released a report titled DC Microgrids Scoping Study: Estimate of Technical and Economic Benefits, which presents the results of a study by several national labs and funded by the Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability. The study provides a preliminary […]

Northern Power Extends Reach Into Foreign Markets


HOMER Energy partner Northern Power Systems, manufacturer of wind turbines, has been developing wind turbines for the US market since the 1970s. But in recent years, as the renewable energy market has grown worldwide, Northern Power has been extending its market reach to foreign countries. Since 2013, Northern Power has been partnering with Brazilian energy company WEG to deploy 2.1- and 2.3 MW wind turbines in utility scale wind farms around Brazil. The partnership […]

Aquion Energy Demonstrates Hybrid Solar-Battery Systems for Cell Phone Towers


HOMER Energy partner Aquion Energy has published a case study demonstrating that a solar-battery hybrid system can effectively provide power for off-grid telecom towers. In developing parts of the world (and even in many rural areas in the U.S.), the demand for cell phone access precedes grid connectivity. Cell phone towers in remote locations, then, are often powered by diesel generators, which are costly to operate and polluting to the environment. Aquion’s solution […]