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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 […]

2018 Trends that Will Impact Microgrid Development: Part Two

Last week we reported on important trends that are likely to affect the development of hybrid renewable energy systems in 2018, particularly work that is being done on the modeling, design and implementation of microgrids. HOMER Energy has provided software and consulting services for many years to people in developing countries who wish to use hybrid microgrids to increase energy access. We have also worked with island governments and companies operating in remote, […]

Discover AES® – Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries (LiFeP04 ) are transforming residential energy storage

This article is part of an occasional series that provides industry background and in-depth focus on the components that are available in HOMERⓇ Pro. What are the specifications of these products and what is the market context? We spoke with Discovery Battery’s representative, David Norman, to learn more:

HOMER Demand Charge Reducer for Commercial & Industrial Electricity Customers

The continuing decline in prices for energy storage and solar is creating huge opportunities for large electricity consumers. The need to reduce utility demand charges is a key driver of investments in solar-plus-storage systems. These systems allow grid-connected commercial and industrial (C&I) electric customers to shift to their own generation when they need more electricity, avoiding spikes in demand that translate to costly charges.

2018 Trends That Will Impact Microgrid Development: Part One

Is it just our imagination or is the energy world, which seems to have been relatively predictable until we passed the millennium mark, now changing at breakneck speed? New ideas and new technologies seem to be bursting out in all directions, challenging old assumptions and upending business models. In the urgent search for solutions to our climate crisis, there is also optimism and the hope of a new energy paradigm.

New HOMER® Pro Release Aims at Solar Developers and Solar-Plus-Storage

The latest release of HOMERⓇ Pro – version 3.11 – is now integrated with two powerful and widely used tools for designing PV systems, HelioScope and PVsyst. This integration reflects important trends in the renewable energy industry including the growth of the solar-plus-storage market, fueled by the plummeting cost of energy storage. The initial market for solar-plus-storage has been in isolated microgrids, where HOMER Energy and the broader storage industry have developed a […]

HOMER Energy Explores Microgrid and Renewable Energy Solutions for Puerto Rico

Close to three months after Hurricane Maria swept across Puerto Rico, utterly destroying the island’s electrical grid – as well as countless homes and communities –  much of the island is still without power. And, where power has been restored, it is often unreliable. Puerto Rico’s aging electrical grid was already in bad shape, but a direct hit from Category 4 storm Maria dealt a catastrophic blow to the infrastructure of the Puerto […]

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 […]