HOMER Energy Explores Microgrid and Renewable Energy Solutions for Puerto Rico

Close to three months after Hurricane Maria swept across Puerto Rico, utterly destroying the island’s electrical grid – as well as countless homes and communities –  much of the island is still without power. And, where power has been restored, it is often unreliable. Puerto Rico’s aging electrical grid was already in bad shape, but a direct hit from Category 5 storm Maria dealt a catastrophic blow to the infrastructure of the Puerto […]

ABB Joins HOMER Energy Component Partner Program

ABB Components Now Available In HOMERⓇ Pro Based on its new partnership with HOMER Energy, ABB components will now be available for modeling in the HOMER Pro software. They include elements of the Microgrid Plus controller system, PowerStore and MS100 converters, and PowerStore Batteries and Flywheels. ABB has unmatched expertise in designing and building off-grid and grid-connected microgrids. Their portfolio encompasses the full range of enabling technologies including conventional and renewable power generation, […]

New HOMER® Pro Release Features Integration with Popular Solar PV Design Tools

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The latest release of HOMERⓇ Pro – version 3.11 – is now integrated with two powerful tools for designing PV systems, HelioScope and PVSyst. This development is exciting to me for several reasons: For the distributed energy marketplace to really take off, we need many more people who are comfortable with designing distributed power systems that incorporate hybrid renewable energy components. And that means practical, user-friendly design tools. This development advances what I […]

POWER-GEN International Workshop to feature HOMER Energy VP Business Development

HOMER Energy VP of Business Development Andy Kruse will be giving a presentation on the role and importance of diesel generators in the growth of the microgrid market at POWER-GEN. The POWER-GEN International Conference will cover multiple forms of generation broken up into multiple tracks featuring 300 expert speakers.  Other session tracks that might be of interest to HOMERⓇ Pro users include Gas Turbine Technologies, Energy Storage, Emissions Control, Power Project Financing, Utility […]

VII Annual Workshop Cubafotovoltaica

HOMER Energy Support Manager Aleph Baumbach will be making a  presentation at Cuba’s VII International Workshop Cubafotovoltaica. The workshop will be held from December 5-8, and is hosted by The Institute of Science and Technology of Materials in the Faculty of Physics at the University of Havana. Located in the Vedado district of Havana, Cubafotovoltaica will explore such topics as management of PV in the electrical grid; integration, penetration and storage; PV hybrid […]

HOMER CEO Peter Lilienthal Presenting at Africa Mini Grid Summit

The fourth annual “Action Learning Event on Upscaling Mini Grids for Low Cost and Timely Access to Electricity” in Nigeria is designed to facilitate investments in the sector and accelerate the deployment of mini grid systems to reach universal energy access by 2030. On Monday, December 4th, Peter Lilienthal will be providing an all-day training on the HOMER® Pro software for African users – both beginner and advanced. Other conference events include a […]

HOMER to Present at CO Distributed Generation Workshop, December 4, 2017

How Can Small-Scale Wind and Solar Producers Optimize Their Energy Development Decisions? The Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA) will be presenting a day-long workshop on distributed generation in Yuma CO, with a focus on northeast Colorado’s clean energy future. HOMER Energy VP of Sales, Dominick Morone, will be presenting “It’s All About the Economics.” The talk will highlight specific opportunities that HOMER Pro presents for the farmers, agricultural producers and small scale commercial energy […]

How You Can Help Puerto Rico Rebuild Following Hurricane Maria

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

Many of you in the microgrid industry have asked me what we can do to help Puerto Ricans get the lights back on quickly, and cleanly. Seven weeks after Hurricane Maria wiped out 100% of the ailing power grid, 70% of Puerto Ricans still do not have electricity, and many expect it will take a full year to restore the whole island. We all know that solar + storage microgrids can be installed […]

So, What is a Microgrid, Exactly?

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Extreme weather events, environmental concerns, and energy economics are bringing microgrids into public discourse in the grid-connected world. The energy landscape is suddenly changing very quickly, and microgrids are a big part of that change. The entire world — every corner of it — is finally looking at the potential for microgrids to fill many needs. But what is a microgrid? A microgrid can be defined as an independent power network that uses […]

Combined Dispatch Algorithm “Two-for-one Deal” Accurately Models Microgrid Controller

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By Cycle Charging during periods of low net load, the Combined Dispatch algorithm helps avoid using a diesel generator at low loads. By Load Following during periods of high net load, the algorithm maximizes the use of available renewable energy. Due to this flexibility of being able to account for both high and low loads, the Combined Dispatch algorithm is a better option than choosing between Load Following or Cycle Charging (and potentially making the wrong choice). It is also a better option than running both strategies by default, which doubles the processing time. On top of that, we’ve seen that Combined Dispatch can perform as well, if not better than, either Load Following or Cycle Charging.