NEWS

How You Can Help Puerto Rico Rebuild Following Hurricane Maria

Concrete power line poles lie on a highway after Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria.

Many of you in the microgrid industry have asked me what we can do to help Puerto Ricans get the lights back on quickly, and cleanly. Seven weeks after Hurricane Maria wiped out 100% of the ailing power grid, 70% of Puerto Ricans still do not have electricity, and many expect it will take a full year to restore the whole island. We all know that solar + storage microgrids can be installed […]

HOMER to Present at CO Distributed Generation Workshop, December 4, 2017

How Can Small-Scale Wind and Solar Producers Optimize Their Energy Development Decisions? The Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA) will be presenting a day-long workshop on distributed generation in Yuma CO, with a focus on northeast Colorado’s clean energy future. HOMER Energy VP of Sales, Dominick Morone, will be presenting “It’s All About the Economics.” The talk will highlight specific opportunities that HOMER Pro presents for the farmers, agricultural producers and small scale commercial energy […]

Combined Dispatch Algorithm “Two-for-one Deal” Accurately Models Microgrid Controller

combined dispatch algorithm

By Cycle Charging during periods of low net load, the Combined Dispatch algorithm helps avoid using a diesel generator at low loads. By Load Following during periods of high net load, the algorithm maximizes the use of available renewable energy. Due to this flexibility of being able to account for both high and low loads, the Combined Dispatch algorithm is a better option than choosing between Load Following or Cycle Charging (and potentially making the wrong choice). It is also a better option than running both strategies by default, which doubles the processing time. On top of that, we’ve seen that Combined Dispatch can perform as well, if not better than, either Load Following or Cycle Charging.

Discover Battery Joins HOMER Energy’s Component Partner Program

Discover Battery — which provides reliable, affordable storage systems for residential solar, community electrification, supplementation of unreliable utility power, and as backup to the grid — has joined HOMER® Energy‘s Partner Program, reaffirming the organization’s commitment to the rapidly growing microgrid market. As a HOMER Energy component partner, Discover Battery promotes its mission as a world leader in advancing energy storage solutions for industrial and commercial, stationary and motive applications in remote and harsh environments. The company’s broad […]

Hybrid Storage Systems to Power-Charge Energy Storage Growth

Which markets are best suited for battery storage and storage hybrids? Which regulations and incentives support or impede the implementation of standalone storage and battery hybrids? HOMER Energy’s John Glassmire, Steffi Klawiter, and Dhiwaakar Rajasekaran — along with the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) — answer these questions and provide key storage hybrid market insights in a groundbreaking new white paper.

Guest Blog by Navigant Research’s Peter Asmus: Data Centers as Microgrids – Moving toward Utility Interdependency

This blog post was written by Peter Asmus, Principal Research Analyst at Navigant Research. HOMER Energy is proud to be a media sponsor of Navigant’s upcoming webinar on October 24th: Data Centers and Advanced Microgrids.   The forecasted growth of Internet of Things devices and the rapid uptake of cloud-based applications to manage the emerging digital economy speak to a fundamental fact: the role data centers will play in our lives will continue […]

SparkMeter Joins HOMER Energy’s Industry Partner Program

SparkMeter, developer of a low-cost, pre-pay-enabled smart-metering solution for electric utilities in developing countries, has joined HOMER Energy‘s Industry Partner Program, reaffirming the organization’s commitment to the rapidly growing microgrid market. As a HOMER Energy Industry Partner, SparkMeter promotes its mission of serving low-income customers in the developing world. The company’s metering system is being widely adopted by utilities serving customers in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.  SparkMeter is a venture-backed company that was […]

From Maria to Microgrids: Why Puerto Rico’s Energy Future Should Be Built on Distributed Energy

Concrete power line poles lie on a highway after Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria.

Puerto Rico has a very long and politicized electrical grid history, and politics will play a big role in how the island territory will recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria, a category 4 storm that hit the island on September 20, 2017. Puerto Rico, barely recovering from Hurricane Irma, was devastated by Maria, a storm so large and so direct that its eye alone literally covered the entire island. The storm destroyed more than three-fourths of the island’s power infrastructure, leaving Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million residents without power. Current estimates are that most of the country won’t be back on-grid for months.

Microgrid Controller, Components Enhance SolarTAC’s New GridNXT Test Facility

On the HOMER InternationaI Microgrid Conference (HIMC2017) “bonus day,” HOMER Energy invited attendees to tour a number of microgrid-related facilities in the Denver area. I was lucky enough to attend all three tours along with microgrid industry professionals from around the world. The highlight for me was the last tour of the day, a visit to a solar testing facility near Denver International Airport.

HOMER Energy Brings Microgrid Modeling to Solar Power International the Week Before Denver Microgrid Event

spi wrapupThe HOMER Energy team poses at our booth in SPI's Microgrid Marketplace before a full day of conversations and HOMER Pro demos.

SPI wrapup … brief Solar Power International highlights On September 10-13, HOMER Energy joined thousands of exhibitors and tens of thousands of attendees at Solar Power International (SPI) in Las Vegas. The show was a huge success and we look forward to seeing some of our friends from SPI next week at the HOMER International Microgrid Conference (HIMC2017) in Denver, Colorado. Here are a few photos from SPI… If you didn’t have a […]