Marilyn Walker

Solar Energy International: Reaching Millions, One Roof at a Time

Photo by Solar Energy International

I recently had an opportunity to visit the on-site training campus of Solar Energy International (SEI), located in Paonia, Colorado, a quaint town of 1500 people in western Colorado. I was so impressed with SEI’s mostly outdoor training center, in a spectacularly beautiful location, that I wanted to share it with you. HOMER Energy’s focus for the next month is to highlight the urgent need for millions of people to understand how small-scale, […]

Microgrid Investment Accelerator Seeks to Finance Deployment of Microgrid Projects

HOMER Pro Modeling Locations

The Microgrid Investment Accelerator (MIA) is seeking to finance the deployment of microgrid projects with qualified and experienced renewable energy service companies (RESCOs). To qualify, RESCOs must have at least one installed and operational microgrid in rural India, Indonesia, or Tanzania. In addition, MIA can only consider projects that: *Are over 5 KW in peak generation capacity *Use renewable energy as the primary generation source *Have a specific focus on providing energy access to un- […]

HOMER Energy CEO at Solar Power International SPI

HOMER Energy CEO, Peter Lilienthal, and VP of Business Development, Andy Kruse, are at Solar Power International in Las Vegas this week. What a great opportunity to seek them out, ask questions, and learn more about how HOMER Energy can help your company grow in the microgrid space. HOMER Energy is transforming the clean energy industry with the development, distribution, and support of HOMER software. With over 150,000 users in 193 countries, HOMER […]

Grid-scale or Local Renewable Energy: Change Your Shirt or Change the World?

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 You’re running out the door for a date, and you’re late, and you’re maybe not looking quite how you want to look. Sure, you’d love to take a shower and put on brand-new clothes, but instead, you go the easy route: grab a clean shirt and head out the door. When large companies claim that they are going “100% renewable,” what they mean, in all but a few notable cases, is that they […]

Create Your Own Microgrid Control Strategies with HOMER Pro APIs

APIs provide microgrid control strategy options

Microgrid control strategies are at the heart of successful microgrid design and optimization. Now HOMER Pro truly puts the concept of “control” into microgrid control strategies. Version 3.7, released in August 2016, introduced three new ways for users to supplement or replace the default load following and cycle charging strategies HOMER has used for decades. Moving HOMER to an Open Platform to Meet Modern Challenges “HOMER was originally created in 1993, when microgrids […]

HOMER Pro 3.6 Steps Up to the Storage Challenge

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. […]

US Senate Recognizes Hybrid Microgrids as Part of Energy Modernization Act

Microgrids at Corner of Energy and Economics

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

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 […]

Governor Cuomo Announces Next Phase Of $40 Million NY Prize Microgrid Competition (Release)

New York State Governor's Office

Phase II offers $8 million for local communities to develop engineering design and business plans for clean, resilient energy networks Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the next phase of the $40 million NY Prize microgrid competition which seeks to modernize New York State’s electric grid, help communities reduce costs, and promote clean energy. The next round of funding will provide $8 million in awards for engineering designs and business plans for community […]

ARE-RECP Off-Grid Investment Forum creates fertile ground for off-grid investments (Press Release)

Amsterdam, 15 April 2016 – In a joint effort to mobilise key decision makers as well as institutional and business representatives to further investments in off-grid renewables in the developing world, the Alliance for Rural Elecrtification (ARE) and the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) organised a high level investment forum in ING Headquarters and the Bijlmer Amsterdam Arena in  Amsterdam, The Netherlands  on 12-13 April  2016. The forum was attended by more […]