Island microgrids — independent from the traditional grid by nature — provide important insights for other off-grid energy projects around the world. Sharing their extensive experience and expertise at the upcoming Homer International Microgrid Conference (HIMC2017) are two island microgrid experts from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). Kaitlyn Bunker, Ph.D, and Owen Lewis will lead a session titled “Developing Island Microgrids in the Caribbean,” a topic that resonates deeply with the conference theme: […]
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 […]
More than 9.8 million people were employed in the renewable energy sector in 2016 — continuing to increase over 2015 numbers — according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Released at the organization’s recent council meeting, the fourth edition Renewable Energy and Jobs –(IRENA) Annual Review 2017 provides the latest employment figures in the renewable energy sector as well as insight into factors affecting the RE labor market. The report presents the status of renewable energy employment, both by technology and in selected countries, over the past year.
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% […]
Following last year’s successful 4th Annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference in New York, HOMER Energy has set the date and location for what promises to be its best microgrid conference to date. Participants will spend three days learning about microgrids and meeting industry experts at the 5th Annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference in Denver, Colorado, September 18-20, 2017.
In Hartford, Connecticut, today, the City of Hartford, Constellation, and Bloom Energy announced the completion of a fuel cell microgrid in the city’s Parkville neighborhood. The project’s goals are to generate clean energy, reduce electricity costs and offer emergency backup power for businesses and public buildings.
Last week, between March 13 and 15, Winter Storm Stella dumped as much as 58 inches of snow on the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic United States. The storm knocked out power for more than 400,000 people as far south as Virginia and as far north as Nova Scotia. More than 60,000 people lost power in Massachusetts alone. The increasing frequency of severe weather events like Winter Storm Stella exposes the vulnerability of outdated, overloaded […]
Africa’s energy deficit continues to stifle economic growth, job creation, agricultural transformation, and improvements in health and education. Meeting Sustainable Development Goal 7, the energy goal, is a pre-condition for achieving many of the other goals. We are no longer in the dark about how to tackle this challenge.
Focus on Off-grid Renewable Energy: Mozambique According to the World Bank, poverty in Mozambique is concentrated in rural areas. The Mozambique government has recently approved the Renewable Energy Strategy, which seeks to boost energy access to rural areas thus fighting the poverty in these communities. The government’s energy-mix plan includes maximizing hydropower while, at the same time, investing in alternative sources of energy. Solar power, in particular, holds much untapped potential, the World Bank reports, adding that the […]
Hydro Tasmania, Australia’s largest producer of renewable energy, is developing the “Flinders Island Hybrid Energy Hub” project designed to increase the island’s use of renewable energy and dramatically reduce fossil fuel usage, until now the only electrical energy source on the island. Electro Power Systems S.A. (EPS), in partnership with Toshiba, were commissioned for a hybrid storage system as part of Flinders Island’s microgrid for Hydro Tasmania. The system, which combines renewables and […]