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New Microgrid System Brings RE to Flinders Island, Tasmania

http://www.utilitydive.com/news/tesla-batteries-help-power-small-north-carolina-island/434536/The Flinders Island microgrid will reduce diesel emissions by 60%

  Hydro Tasmania, Australia’s largest producer of renewable energy, is developing the “Flinders Island Hybrid Energy Hub” project designed to increase the island’s use of renewable energy and dramatically reduce fossil fuel usage, until now the only electrical energy source on the island. Electro Power Systems S.A. (EPS), in partnership with Toshiba, were commissioned for a hybrid storage system as part of Flinders Island’s microgrid for Hydro Tasmania. The system, which combines renewables and […]

Maryland: Despite Setbacks, Maryland Powers Through with Microgrids and Clean Energy Jobs

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Last week, the Maryland legislature passed the Clean Energy Jobs act, overriding a veto last year by Governor Larry Hogan. Also in 2016, the state’s Public Service Commission made news when it rejected utility microgrids. In positive microgrid news, last week’s jobs bill passage comes alongside the announcement of two advanced Maryland microgrids announced by the state’s Montgomery County. The just-passed act increases the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 25% by 2020 — […]

Colorado multi-stakeholder Solar-plus-Storage “Portfolio” Microgrid Project

Peña Station NEXT microgrid A rendering of the microgrid project at Peña Station NEXT

At Peña Station NEXT—a 382-acre transit-oriented development in Denver, Colorado—stakeholders Panasonic, Xcel Energy, Denver International Airport, Younicos, and LC Fulenwider, Inc. have partnered on an ambitious solar+storage microgrid. The project used a public-private partnership approach that resulted in a multi-stakeholder “portfolio microgrid.” Now, Panasonic, Xcel Energy, and Younicos have released a white paper, A Portfolio Microgrid in Denver, Colorado: How a multi-use battery energy storage system provides grid and customer services through a […]

Year in Review: A Look Back at HOMER Energy’s 2016 Highlights

HOMER Energy Year in Review 2016

  HOMER Energy Year in Review 2016 As we complete the first month of 2017, HOMER Energy takes a moment to look back to the highlights of an incredible year. Last year started with a bang as HOMER Energy released HOMER Pro 3.5 and its much anticipated HOMER Optimizer™ in February. This feature added an original optimization algorithm that significantly simplifies the design process for identifying least-cost options for a microgrid system. Also […]

2017 Microgrid Report Brief: HOMER ‘Key Player’ in Industry Growth, Top Storage Co.s Ranked, Conflicting Predictions, Better Standards Needed

Report Calls HOMER Energy ‘Key Player’ in Microgrid Growth Around the globe, governments are increasingly concentrating on RE resource-based microgrids. The microgrid market is expected to be a multi-billion-dollar market and to grow at a significant rate during the forecast period, through 2020, according to a recent Future Market Insights report. At present, the market is led by North America owing to growing industrialization and electrification. However, it is expected to witness a […]

IRENA: Microgrids Most Democratic Energy Source, Energy Storage a ‘Game-changer’

irena microgrids democraticIRENA's 7th Assembly, Abu Dhabi. Photo via IRENA.org

In 2016, the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA), celebrated five monumental years of work. IRENA, an intergovernmental organization supporting countries in the transition to sustainable use of renewable energy, is headquartered in Abu Dhabi. Its formidable accomplishments last year include comprehensive reports (such as: ‘Innovation Outlook: Renewable Mini-grids,’ produced with support from HOMER Energy and TTA; the trajectory of solar in Africa; and the explosion of renewable energy jobs), as well as technology briefs, meetings […]

Use HOMER Pro to Its Fullest Capabilities with New Premium Support

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Unanswered questions about using HOMER can seriously affect users’ critical work. When adverse situations occur, quick and easy access to HOMER experts can ensure you are able to address and resolve your issues and get you back to work. For 2017, HOMER Energy has rolled out a new, improved technical support plan, HOMER Premium Support, which provides fast, easy access to our tech experts for any and every issue. HOMER Energy’s new support system […]

2017 Outlook: Conflicting Views as Industry Ponders Tesla Solar Success in the New Year

tesla solarTesla-SolarCity array in Ta'u, American Samoa.

2016 was a busy year for Tesla, with several significant Tesla solar developments leading to a variety of responses in the financial and RE sectors. Will the company’s SolarCity purchase and ambitious plans prove successful in 2017? Experts weigh in.

All Roads Lead to India’s Energy Future

india microgridsWind turbines, Thar desert in Rajasthan, India

Just two weeks ago, India and the US launched US-India Clean Energy Finance (USICEF) Initiative, designed to help unlock OPIC (Overseas Private Investment Corp)  financing and promote distributed clean energy projects. The $20 million initiative is expected to address critical challenges and promote development of microgrid, rooftop and off-grid solar, and smaller-scale grid-connected projects. This initiative is only one of many projects taking place in India, a country taking multiple approaches to meet its bold […]