HOMER Energy’s Hand-picked News Highlights, Week Ended May 20, 2016

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Rwandans respond enthusiastically to solar kiosks, renewables meeting all Portugal’s electricity demand for 4 days and generating a surplus in Germany are among this week’s distributed energy news highlights.

Microgrid ABCs – Benefits of a Sustainable Rural Electrification Deployment Model

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Microgrids are gaining momentum as a  rural electrification solution in many emerging markets.  Microgrids based on renewable generation can replace costly diesel and take advantage of abundant local renewable energy resources as well as avoiding the costly and slow process of installing centralized grid networks.  Despite these advantages, barriers remain to large-scale deployments of microgrids, particularly access to financing needed for upfront equipment investment.  Microgrids are capital intensive, and rural areas with limited […]

HOMER Pro 3.6 Steps Up to the Storage Challenge

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HOMER Pro 3.6, released last week, introduces two new add-on modules that our power users have been requesting for some time: Multi-Year Inputs – allows you to model changes that can occur over the course of a project, such as PV degradation, grid price escalation, load growth, and fuel prices. Advanced Storage – including rate-dependent losses, changes in capacity with temperature, variable depth-of-discharge for cycle life, and increased degradation rate at higher temperatures. […]

HOMER Energy’s Hand-picked News Highlights, Week Ended May 13, 20

French battery energy storage acquisitions, a solar farmer’s coop in India, and a campus microgrid for SUNY New Paltz number among this week’s distributed energy news highlights.

HOMER Energy’s Hand-picked News Highlights, Week Ended May 6, 2016

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US Navy and Marine Corps microgrids, microgrids in Africa, acquisitions and the latest climate science highlight this week’s news.

Industry Leader Re-launches Microgrid News Site’s Email Newsletter

BOULDER, CO–Microgrid optimization software leader HOMER Energy has announced the re-launch of its successful industry email newsletter, HOMER Microgrid News & Insight. The publication’s new format enhances readability and navigation to give readers the information they need more quickly and effectively. The newsletter is tied to news website “HOMER Microgrid News & Insight.” HOMER Energy has brought on a team of writers, editors, and graphic artists–as well as a new email software provider–to […]

Azorean Island Readies Launch of World’s First Grid-Forming Renewable Energy System

Portugal’s Prime Minister Dr. Antonio Costa joined the President of the Azorean Government Dr. Vasco Cordeiro and other high-level officials May 3 on a tour of what’s billed as the world’s first megawatt-scale, grid-forming renewable energy system.

HOMER’s Hand-Picked Distributed Energy Highlights, Week Ended 4/29

Lots of news in the world of distributed energy this past week, including the U.S. surpassing the 1 million mark in solar energy installations…

US Senate Recognizes Hybrid Microgrids as Part of Energy Modernization Act

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The US Senate passed a bipartisan “Energy Modernization Act” last week. Despite its many shortcomings (Katie Herzog, writing for Grist, describes the bill as an “…energy modernization bill that would have been modern in 1980”), the bill has one feature particularly noteworthy for those of us in the microgrid world – it explicitly calls out microgrids as part of the future US energy solution, for both basic electricity delivery in remote communities and […]

4th International HOMER Microgrid Conference – Save the Date

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HOMER Energy will hold its 4th International HOMER Microgrid Conference and HOMER training at Columbia University in New York City on November 7 and 8, 2016. Details of the event, including information on registration, speaking, sponsorship, and HOMER training will be available on http://microgridconference.com no later than May 10. Meanwhile, please send an email to microgridconference@homerenergy.com if you have interest in speaking and sponsorship opportunities, or if you wish to be included on […]