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Lessons from Irma and Harvey: Time for Transition to Resilient Renewable-Energy Microgrids

hurricane grid failure

Our out-of-date fossil-fuel-based infrastructure is failing a world where climate change is bringing more frequent, more extreme, more intense weather to the planet. And the lesson, if we are smart enough to learn it, is that as long as we’re dependent on fossil fuels, these weather events and other related disasters will wreak long-lasting havoc on human lives, the economy, and on the environment.

From Canada to the Caribbean: HOMER Heads North, West, & South for Upcoming Events

HOMER Energy is traveling all over this September and October to participate in some industry-leading events. In addition to our own 5th annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference in Denver, Colorado, September 18-19, we’ll be heading to: Solar Power International (SPI), Las Vegas, Nevada, September 10-13. Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF), Miami, Florida, October 18-20. Renewables in Remote Microgrids/Communities conference, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada, October 23-26. Solar Power International (SPI) North America’s largest solar […]

Move to Distributed, Renewable Power Inevitable, Even in Areas Served by Utilities

grid defection

New distributed energy technologies and business models bring many unprecedented choices in how we create and distribute power. There are three overarching questions, of course: Is this energy model resilient against power outages and grid failure? Is it socially and environmentally responsible? Does it benefit the bottom line?
We are no longer stuck with grid power that doesn’t provide a definitive “Yes!” answer to all three questions. 

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, […]

NREL’s ESIF Issues Annual Call for User Access Proposals

call for proposalsESIF. Photo via Smith Group JJR.

HOMER Energy — whose HOMER Pro prototype was developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) — announces the NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF)  annual call for user access proposals. The call for proposals is now open through August 1, 2017, for projects focused on advancing grid modernization, energy systems integration, and renewable generation. The ESIF facility is the DOE’s first user facility conducting integrated megawatt-scale research, development, and demonstration of the components and […]

Share Your Expertise with Industry Leaders: HIMC2017 Call for Microgrid Conference Speakers Ends June 30

microgrid conference speakersTo participate in the year's most important microgrid conference, send us a speaker proposal by June 30.

HOMER Energy is currently seeking microgrid conference speakers for its 5th annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference (HIMC2017), September 18-20, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. This year’s conference theme is “Microgrid Lessons from Global Markets.” If you are an industry practitioner, microgrid project manager, researcher, or executive interested in delivering a 20- to 30-minute presentation or participating in a panel discussion, HOMER invites you to submit a proposal via the conference website or via email no later than […]

Distributed Energy Magazine Joins HIMC2017 as This Year’s Key Media Partner

HOMER Energy is pleased to have Distributed Energy Magazine as our lead media partner for this year’s HOMER International Microgrid Conference. Distributed Energy Magazine is focused on the critical needs of the commercial, industrial, and institutional energy management sector, with coverage including the latest trends and technologies in onsite energy efficiency and reliability. As the key media partner for the HOMER International Microgrid Conference, Distributed Energy will feature coverage of the event and exciting […]

MGN Weekly — Advancing Africa’s Top Priority: Light and Power …and More Microgrid News — May 18, 2017

Africa's top priority: light and power for all

Solar microgrids in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state did little to improve household incomes, encourage business ownership, or reduce the long hours that people spend on daily household work, a new study finds. According to the year-long, randomized survey of nearly 1,300 households in 81 non-electrified rural communities, villagers did buy less kerosene for their lamps, since they could flip on light bulbs at night. But their lives were otherwise unchanged, showing that local officials, energy companies, and NGOs alike need to address other pressing issues — such as underfunded schools or dismal job prospects — before rural electrification can really lift people out of poverty.

HOMER International Microgrid Conference: Register Now for September Event!

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At the HOMER International Microgrid Conference, hundreds of attendees and speakers (including keynote speakers Cathy Zoi and Karl Rabago) from dozens of countries worldwide their knowledge and experience within grid-tied, remote, and off-grid environments. Early-bird registration is officially open for the 5th annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference, September 18 – 19 in Denver, Colorado, USA. Regular registration to the conference is $1200 but with our early bird discount, you save $200.

MGN Weekly: Are Indian Microgrids a Failure? Will Pittsburgh’s ‘Grid of Microgrids’ Succeed? …and More Microgrid News — May 18, 2017

india microgrid failurePoor Indian household (farm) 6. House and cows in yard. Andhra Pradesh, Anantapur

Solar microgrids in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state did little to improve household incomes, encourage business ownership, or reduce the long hours that people spend on daily household work, a new study finds. According to the year-long, randomized survey of nearly 1,300 households in 81 non-electrified rural communities, villagers did buy less kerosene for their lamps, since they could flip on light bulbs at night. But their lives were otherwise unchanged, showing that local officials, energy companies, and NGOs alike need to address other pressing issues — such as underfunded schools or dismal job prospects — before rural electrification can really lift people out of poverty.