Energy providers of all varieties are exploring the use of microgrids to incorporate renewable power resources, reduce CO2 emissions, and achieve energy security and independence. The remote, island, and off-grid systems sector is the largest microgrid segment worldwide, but the grid-connected segment is exploding as the solar-storage industry takes off, and the benefits become increasingly cost effective. HOMER® has been used to model and develop microgrids in every corner of the world. At the […]
More than 9.8 million people were employed in the renewable energy sector in 2016 — continuing to increase over 2015 numbers — according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Released at the organization’s recent council meeting, the fourth edition Renewable Energy and Jobs –(IRENA) Annual Review 2017 provides the latest employment figures in the renewable energy sector as well as insight into factors affecting the RE labor market. The report presents the status of renewable energy employment, both by technology and in selected countries, over the past year.
With version 3.9 due out later this month, HOMER Pro will be a leaner, more efficient tool for optimizing microgrid design in all sectors, from village power and island utilities to grid-connected campuses and military bases. Join Steffi Klawiter and Jordan Esbin from HOMER’s Product Management team on Wednesday, June 7 at 09:00 MDT (16:00 BST) for a live, free HOMER Pro webinar. Steffi and Jordan will introduce you to some of the new features in HOMER Pro v3.9 and show you how to make the most of HOMER’s optimization and simulation results.
Solar microgrids in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state did little to improve household incomes, encourage business ownership, or reduce the long hours that people spend on daily household work, a new study finds. According to the year-long, randomized survey of nearly 1,300 households in 81 non-electrified rural communities, villagers did buy less kerosene for their lamps, since they could flip on light bulbs at night. But their lives were otherwise unchanged, showing that local officials, energy companies, and NGOs alike need to address other pressing issues — such as underfunded schools or dismal job prospects — before rural electrification can really lift people out of poverty.
Last week, HOMER Energy’s CEO Dr. Peter Lilienthal brought his expertise in renewable and distributed energy to the Caribbean Transitional Energy Conference (CTEC) in the Cayman Islands. During the two-day conference, Lilienthal served as a panelist for two important discussions: Islands and 100% Targets for Renewables and Renewables and the Business Model for Utilities. As we reported last month, other distinguished speakers at the conference were Sir Richard Branson and oceanographer Fabien Cousteau. Islands and 100% […]
HOMER’s Lilienthal, Glassmire at Alaska Wind-Diesel Conference: HOMER Energy’s Peter Lilienthal and John Glassmire are scheduled to deliver training and presentations at the Alaska Wind-Diesel Conference coming up to take place at the Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center in Fairbanks, Alaska, June 20-21. This 5th annual event, focused on wind power systems for islands and islanded grids, provides an opportunity to learn and share information through expert panel discussions, stakeholder dialogue, and training sessions. The workshop is an Alaska Wind Working Group event.
A solar and battery storage microgrid trial by Victorian network operator AusNet Services has succeeded in taking part of a Melbourne suburb completely off grid, demonstrating how utilities can use solar, battery storage and the internet of things to boost energy security and reliability in the future. AusNet said on Wednesday that eight homes had been successfully separated from Victoria’s main electricity grid and operated together as a stand-alone solar and battery storage powered microgrid.
Traditional fmicrogrid crowdfundingunding methods often make it difficult to raise capital for microgrid projects, especially those created to specifically for populations with limited means. Funding from NGOs or government agencies is difficult to secure. Crowdfunding, on the other hand, raises capital through the collective effort of individual small investors, making microgrid and other critical projects a reality all over the world — in fact, the World Bank predicts crowdfunding in the developing world will exceed US$96 billion per year within the next 10 years.
Following last year’s successful 4th Annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference in New York, HOMER Energy has set the date and location for what promises to be its best microgrid conference to date. Participants will spend three days learning about microgrids and meeting industry experts at the 5th Annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference in Denver, Colorado, September 18-20, 2017.
Newly created teams within the U.S. Air Force and other military branches are pursuing contracts for on-site distributed generation and smart microgrids…Blue Lake Rancheria Native American reservation’s microgrid project went live last week, helping power government offices, economic enterprises, and critical Red Cross safety shelter-in-place facilities across 100 acres…The massive April blackout is a wake-up call for San Francisco to bring microgrids online sooner rather than later…and more news highlights.