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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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, […]

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. 

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

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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 […]

Microgrid Investment Accelerator Seeks to Finance Deployment of Microgrid Projects

HOMER Pro Modeling Locations

The Microgrid Investment Accelerator (MIA) is seeking to finance the deployment of microgrid projects with qualified and experienced renewable energy service companies (RESCOs). To qualify, RESCOs must have at least one installed and operational microgrid in rural India, Indonesia, or Tanzania. In addition, MIA can only consider projects that: *Are over 5 KW in peak generation capacity *Use renewable energy as the primary generation source *Have a specific focus on providing energy access to un- […]

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.