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Arctic Remote Energy Networks Academy (ARENA) Event to Include HOMER Pro Training

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The University of Alaska-Fairbanks’ groundbreaking Arctic Remote Energy Networks Academy (ARENA) program has brought together a multinational community of energy representatives from throughout the Arctic region for comprehensive training, including using HOMER Pro to model the most effective systems for Arctic renewable energy optimization. ARENA education focuses on developing, operating, and managing sustainable, renewable remote energy microgrids via a mix of capacity building, online training, in-person site visits and sessions, and networking. ARENA education on […]

MGN Weekly: Moving Past Lights and Chargers in Developing World; Syrian Microgrids Save Lives

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“Light is, of course, great, so is entertainment [like computers and TV],” says Busso von Bismarck, founder, manager, and head of business development at energy storage provider Qinous. “But I think it’s important to go further and allow people to run machines with electricity: milling machines, welding or workshops, water pumping. These are applications which make economic growth possible.”

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.

Islands Set 100-Percent Renewables Targets & Other Topics at CTEC (Cayman Islands)

Islands set 100 percent renewables goals

Last week, HOMER Energy’s CEO Dr. Peter Lilienthal brought his expertise in renewable and distributed energy to the Caribbean Transitional Energy Conference (CTEC) in the Cayman Islands. During the two-day conference, Lilienthal served as a panelist for two important discussions: Islands and 100% Targets for Renewables and Renewables and the Business Model for Utilities. As we reported last month, other distinguished speakers at the conference were Sir Richard Branson and oceanographer Fabien Cousteau. Islands and 100% […]

HOMER’s Lilienthal, Glassmire at Alaska Wind-Diesel Conference

Alaska Wind-Diesel Conference

HOMER’s Lilienthal, Glassmire at Alaska Wind-Diesel Conference: HOMER Energy’s Peter Lilienthal and John Glassmire are scheduled to deliver training and presentations at the Alaska Wind-Diesel Conference coming up to take place at the Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center in Fairbanks, Alaska, June 20-21. This 5th annual event, focused on wind power systems for islands and islanded grids, provides an opportunity to learn and share information through expert panel discussions, stakeholder dialogue, and training sessions. The workshop is an Alaska Wind Working Group event.

MGN Weekly: Taking Suburbia Off Grid, Myanmar Microgrids, and More News from HOMER Energy — May 12, 2017

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A solar and battery storage microgrid trial by Victorian network operator AusNet Services has succeeded in taking part of a Melbourne suburb completely off grid, demonstrating how utilities can use solar, battery storage and the internet of things to boost energy security and reliability in the future. AusNet said on Wednesday that eight homes had been successfully separated from Victoria’s main electricity grid and operated together as a stand-alone solar and battery storage powered microgrid.

Lilienthal Discusses Role of Microgrids in Energy Future of Quebec and Canada

energy future of quebec and canada

On April 25th and 26th, 2017, HOMER Energy participated in the TISED (Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design) microgrid research workshop program, Is There a Role for Microgrids in the Energy Future of Quebec and Canada? HOMER Energy CEO Peter Lilienthal spoke about “Microgrid Activity around the World,” distilling insights from HOMER Energy’s database of 25,000 microgrid projects in 193 countries.

Will Crowdfunding Revolutionize Microgrids?

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Traditional fmicrogrid crowdfundingunding methods often make it difficult to raise capital for microgrid projects, especially those created to specifically for populations with limited means. Funding from NGOs or government agencies is difficult to secure. Crowdfunding, on the other hand, raises capital through the collective effort of individual small investors, making microgrid and other critical projects a reality all over the world — in fact, the World Bank predicts crowdfunding in the developing world will exceed US$96 billion per year within the next 10 years.