Designing Microgrids for the Solomon Islands

There is a lot of interest in the idea of 100% renewable energy both from a political and technical perspective. To understand some of the issues surrounding this goal it is useful to look at smaller systems where high penetrations of renewables are starting to become more common.  It may be that 100% renewable energy is more reasonable goal for a small microgrid, rather than on a large national or regional grid. At […]

HOMER Energy at Solar Power Mountain West 2018

HOMER®Energy will be at Solar Power Mountain West 2018 with a booth and a training session. Also, HOMER Energy CEO Peter Lilienthal will be speaking in a workshop on commercial scale solar-plus-storage projects. A training session on design and modeling of commercial solar-plus- storage is free for conference attendees.

HOMER Energy at EUEC Conference, San Diego March 5-7

HOMER® Energy will be exhibiting at the upcoming Energy, Utility & Environment Conference (EUEC) 2018, in San Diego. CEO Peter Lilienthal will be speaking on “Building Economic Cases for Distributed Generation and Microgrids.”  Please come visit us at Booth # 661. We invite you to set up a time to meet with us during this event.

HOMER® Energy Provides Training in Puerto Rico with PR-SEIA

HOMER Energy Support Manager Aleph Baumbach and solar engineer Alison Mason are in Puerto Rico at the moment discussing ways that solar-plus-storage systems can help restore electricity to the island. The occasion is a meeting of Puerto Rico Solar Energy Industry Association, and HOMER Energy will be conducting a two day Foundations training on the use of HOMER Pro. Puerto Rico is is still devastated after Hurricane Maria slammed into the island in […]

HOMER Pro: Helping to Build the World’s Largest Radio Telescope

HOMER Pro, the microgrid optimization platform, has been playing an important role in deploying one of the most ambitious science projects ever conceived: The Square Kilometer Array (SKA). The Square Kilometer Array is a massive radio telescope co-located in Australia and South Africa, an international collaborative effort designed to give astronomers a glimpse of the earliest era in the formation of the universe, the billion year period after the Big Bang.

2018 Trends that Will Impact Microgrid Development: Part Two

Last week we reported on important trends that are likely to affect the development of hybrid renewable energy systems in 2018, particularly work that is being done on the modeling, design and implementation of microgrids…This week we bring you the second installment of interesting trends to look for:

Discover AES® – Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries (LiFeP04 ) are transforming residential energy storage

This article is part of an occasional series that provides industry background and in-depth focus on the components that are available in HOMERⓇ Pro. What are the specifications of these products and what is the market context? We spoke with Discovery Battery’s representative, David Norman, to learn more:

HOMER Grid “Demand Charge Reducer” for C & I Electricity Customers

The continuing decline in prices for energy storage and solar is creating huge opportunities for large electricity consumers. The need to reduce utility demand charges is a key driver of investments in solar-plus-storage systems. These systems allow grid-connected commercial and industrial (C&I) electric customers to shift to their own generation when they need more electricity, avoiding spikes in demand that translate to costly charges.

2018 Trends That Will Impact Microgrid Development: Part One

Is it just our imagination or is the energy world, which seems to have been relatively predictable until we passed the millennium mark, now changing at breakneck speed? New ideas and new technologies seem to be bursting out in all directions, challenging old assumptions and upending business models. In the urgent search for solutions to our climate crisis, there is also optimism and the hope of a new energy paradigm.

Pioneering Remote Microgrids in Alaska

With its extreme weather conditions and isolated off-grid communities, Alaska is the American microgrid “frontier.” Over 200 remotely powered Alaskan villages are not connected to power grids. They are spread out over geographically varied regions with diverse energy resources, and have the highest energy costs in the US, sometimes up to 10 times the national average. This makes Alaska the perfect place to experiment with the renewable integration of microgrids.