NGOs Help Electrify Rural Nicaragua

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Nicaragua is a renewable energy “paradise.” With its sun and wind exposure, natural waterways, and extensive geothermic activity, it has the capability of generating 5800 MW annually from clean energy sources. The Nicaraguan government plans to generate 90% of its energy from clean, renewable sources by 2020, moving almost entirely away from oil-based fuel–a lofty but realistic goal. However, much of Nicaragua remains without electricity. Nationwide, about 35% do not have access to […]

HOMER Energy CEO to present at EUEC 2015

HOMER Energy CEO Dr. Peter Lilienthal will be presenting “OPTIMIZING THE LEVEL OF RENEWABLE PENETRATION IN A HYBRID SYSTEM” at this year’s Energy, Utility, and Environment Conference in San Diego, California in February, 2015. This event is the largest networking and educational event of its kind, with over 3000 expected attendees and 500 presentations by industry experts.

Island Reaps Benefits of 100% Renewable Energy

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Bonaire, a small Caribbean island with a population of 14,500, is making the switch to 100% renewable energy. The island previously relied on diesel fuel generators to provide all its power, which was both costly and resulted in price instability. However, a fire that destroyed its diesel power plant in 2004 allowed the small municipality the opportunity to reevaluate how to meet its residents’ needs going forward. The island now has 12 wind […]

First Commercial-Scale Wind Turbine Erected in New York City

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Sims Metal Management has constructed New York City’s first commercial-scale wind turbine at a recycling facility in Brooklyn. The 160-foot tall, 100-kW turbine by Northern Power Systems (a HOMER Energy Gold Partner) is expected to supply up to 4% of the center’s power needs. The facility already boasts a solar panel array that produces 16% of its power, bringing the facility’s total combined renewable energy production level to 20%. “’As a recycling company, […]

Webinar: Planning for a Successful Microgrid

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TRC Solutions is offering a series of free educational webinars to help utilities and other decision makers take action to plan and implement successful microgrids. During this webinar you will learn about: Basic concepts for developing a microgrid Differences from operating within the conventional grid Preliminary engineering steps required Options for generation sources Who should attend? Utilities Microgrid developers Municipalities Energy Managers Register online now

Islanded Grid Windpower Conference and HOMER Training

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Alaska, home to 180 off-grid communities, will be location for the 2015 Islanded Grid Windpower Conference, March 4-6, 2015. HOMER Energy CEO Dr. Peter Lilienthal will speak at this 2.5-day conference. The conference will provide an opportunity for participants to learn and share information about wind systems on island and islanded grid environments through expert panel discussions, stakeholder dialogue and training sessions. The first two days revolve around primer sessions and opening plenaries […]

HOMER Pro 3.1 to include new turbine components

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HOMER Pro version 3.1, scheduled for release on January 20, 2015, will include new wind turbines by Xant and Enerra and the firstever hydrokinetic turbine by Smart Hydro Power. Xant turbines are in the “small and easy” category, and claim that it takes only one hour to set them up. Ennera are also specialists in small wind, and is another company that should hold considerable interest for many HOMER users. Germany company Smart […]

Hybrid Energy Innovations Event – New York NY April 2015

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Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015 claims to be the first event to cover the broad hybrid energy landscape- it will discuss new techniques, technologies, and strategies for such hybrid energy forms as:  solar, wind, and hydro storage; hybrid solar/wind energy, combinations of such renewables as solar and wind with such fossil fuels as diesel and natural gas; hybrid tidal/wind energy, and solar chargers for electric vehicles. In addition to HOMER Energy CEO, Dr. Peter […]

Major Update to HOMER Pro Microgrid Modeling Software Coming

HOMER Energy plans to release the first major update to their flagship product, HOMER Pro, on January 20, 2015. HOMER, which stands for Hybrid Optimization of Multiple Energy Resources, is the global standard for microgrid modeling software, particularly for the design and analysis of energy systems. HOMER is in use throughout the world, and over 110,000 people from every corner of the world have downloaded HOMER at some point. The new update, HOMER […]

UN Foundation Report Cites HOMER Energy Microgrid Classification Scheme


The United Nations Foundation has published a seminal report on microgrids, Microgrids for Rural Electrification: A critical review of best practices based on seven case studies. They focus on small remote microgrids for energy access.  This is one of the four major microgrid markets as defined in HOMER Energy CEO, Dr. Peter Lilienthal’s article, “How to Classify Microgrids: Setting the Stage for a Distributed Generation Energy Future“, which the UNF document cites several […]