HOMER Energy Blog & Opinion

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 […]

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.

Palestinian Microgrid Solutions to Energy Poverty: Off-grid in the Holy Land — Part 2

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With a unique set of critical energy challenges, Palestine is an ideal environment for off-grid renewable energy and boasts many initiatives and projects, large and small, which are either in the planning stages or operational. This is the second in a two-part series (read Part 1 here).   Dire situation in besieged Gaza Strip Gaza’s acute power shortage has been ongoing since the strip’s main power station was bombed 10 years ago. The area’s 1.9 […]

Palestinian Microgrid Solutions to Energy Poverty: Off-grid in the Holy Land — Part 1

With a unique set of critical energy challenges, Palestine is an ideal environment for off-grid renewable energy and boasts many initiatives and projects, large and small, which are either in the planning stages or operational. This 2-part article (read Part 2 here) discusses Palestine’s energy poverty and power needs and showcases a number of innovative microgrid solutions. Many players are betting Palestinian microgrids (solar and wind) will ease the country’s energy crisis. Palestinians pay the […]

Multi-stakeholder Microgrid Ownership Model Provides ‘Win-win-win’ Solution

multi-stakeholder-microgridsPartnering between community, government, and industry helps piece together an affordable, sustainable microgrid puzzle.

Public-private partnerships, multi-stakeholder microgrid ownership, public-purpose financing, cooperative ownership, microgrid-as-a-service (MaaS)… It’s fitting that there are multiple monikers for a multi-benefit microgrid financing tool in which ownership is split between several entities. The multi-stakeholder microgrid ownership model challenges the often prohibitive private sector financing models that may disregard the public service microgrids can provide. Owners, partners, and stakeholders may include citizens, small businesses, tech services providers, utility companies, and government entities. This small but growing […]

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 […]

HPNET: Advancing Micro-hydro Power (Part 2) — A Look Ahead

micro-hydro-power-local-communityMicro-hydro succeeds with local community input

Part 2 of an in-depth interview (access Part 1 here) with Dipti Vaghela (left) co-founder of Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNET). The organization, founded in 2012, brings practitioners a knowledge platform to advance micro-hydro power.

HPNET: Advancing Micro-hydro Power (Part 1) — Local Community is Key

Community-micro-hydro-Indonesia.Community micro hydro in Indonesia

The Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNET), co-founded by Dipti Vaghela (left) in 2012, brings practitioners a knowledge exchange platform to advance micro-hydro power. HPNET focuses primarily on “policy, technology, and socio-environmental aspects for sustainability.” Vaghela, who serves as HPNet’s coordinator, talks to Microgrid News & Insight in this first of a two-part interview. In part 1, Vaghela talks about the benefits of micro-hydro and the connection between local communities and project successes.   MGN: Micro-hydro power is […]

Philippines Microgrids Bring Sustainable Energy to Villages — A HOMER Pro Case Study

Many communities in The Philippines lack access to reliable, affordable power.

Shell Foundation, Philippines, recently hired consultant Silver Navarro to assist its Dutch consultant with an Access to Energy program promoting Philippines microgrids. The program’s purpose is designing an off-grid power system that the community can sustainably operate and maintain to meet its basic electricity requirement. HOMER Pro helped the program make rural microgrids reliable and affordable.

Ending Worldwide Rural Energy Poverty with Clean, Off-grid Solutions: Part 2

microgrids-address-global-energy-povertyWind turbines help Kodiak Island go 100% renewable energy. From: https://assets.rbl.ms/6466890/980x.jpg

Part 1 of this post addressed the issue of global energy poverty in rural areas: its implications, challenges, and promising developments in African nations and in India. Part 2 addresses off-grid problems in Haiti, potential microgrid solutions in Alaska, and the population-empowering “Minigrid Game.” Haiti struggles with extreme energy poverty Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Seventy-five percent of Haitians lack electricity access and must cook and light their homes with […]