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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 […]

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

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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.

HOMER Pro v3.10 Brings Powerful Enhancements That Make It Easier to Use and Better than Ever

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HOMER Energy announces HOMER® Pro v3.10, which includes new features for greater ease-of-use and more sample data to users across the globe. This release adds a diverse library of sample loads for more accurate modeling, new templates to help get data into HOMER Pro quickly and easily, and more than 20,000 new components so users can now model with the specific hardware they need. Get accurate load data with sample load profiles Electric […]

How to Reduce Energy Costs with Peak Shaving (HOMER Energy at Solar Power International)

For grid-connected commercial and industrial (C&I) customers, the demand charges associated with peaks in consumption during high-use periods can be substantial–up to 70% of the customer’s utility bill–and peak shaving is a great option to reduce these costs. In fact, a just-released National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) survey of U.S. demand charges found that more than 25% of commercial utility customers (or about 5 million customers)  in the U.S. alone would benefit from reducing peak demand consumption.

NREL: Using Stored Energy for Demand Charge Reduction Brings Significant Savings

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Clean Energy Group (CEG) released last week a comprehensive public analysis of U.S. demand charges — the tariffs commercial customers pay to use utility-based electricity in times of high demand — and the potential benefits of demand charge reduction to the millions of customers currently paying premium prices during those peak electricity use periods.  Peak demand charges affect not only companies but nonprofits, communities, public buildings, […]

Upcoming Webinar Answers Your Questions About HOMER Pro Economics

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How does HOMER Pro®’s economic analysis help my organization? Whether you’re a current HOMER Pro user or considering the software, join us for this webinar with HOMER Energy Founder and CEO Peter Lilienthal and get an answer to this question, as well as specifics on questions like: Why does economics play such a central role in HOMER Pro? What would optimization mean without economics? Why should I understand tradeoffs, diminishing returns, and curtailments? […]

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

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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. 

Leonics Renews HOMER Energy Component Partnership

Leonics, specializing in stand-alone photovoltaic (PV) distributed generation(DG) hybrid microgrid system equipment and design, has renewed its HOMER Energy Component Partnership, reaffirming the organization’s commitment to the rapidly growing microgrid market.As a HOMER Energy Component As a HOMER Energy Component Partner, Leonics adds its proven components to HOMER Pro for modeling the interactions of various microgrid components. Leonics can also custom design PCEs, hybrid controllers, and load controllers to comply with site-specific requirements. […]

Join the Energy Revolution: Register for the HOMER QuickStart Webinar Today

The “Introducing HOMER QuickStart Webinar” is almost here. Join us to learn about HOMER QuickStart, a new web-based tool specifically designed for rapid understanding of how small, hybrid power systems work. We are hosting two live sessions of the Quickstart Webinar to accommodate our users and their schedules all around the world. Be sure to register for the webinar most convenient for your time location for the “unveiling” of HOMER QuickStart! QuickStart webinar dates: […]

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, […]