French Microgrids, Utility Industry Chasms, Smart Indian Villages: Microgrid News Roundup

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Weekly Microgrid News, August 5, 2016 This week’s Microgrid News Roundup includes: Minnesota university awarded grant to build microgrid designed for research and technology development… In France, an experimental microgrid shows benefits of local power distribution…, A small village in India, chosen as “smart village:” its hospital, school to benefit from reliable energy… Market strategist asks: How well does the “chasm-crossing” theory fit the power delivery industry?…Encouraging energy storage forecast for 2020…India microgrid projections ambitious but […]

Ending Worldwide Rural Energy Poverty with Clean, Off-grid Solutions: Part 1

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More than 1.2 billion people worldwide lack basic access to electricity. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), 95% of these people are in Sub-Saharan Africa and developing Asia, and 80% are the rural poor. Providing reliable, resilient clean energy to the world’s often remote, off-grid rural communities gives these communities the power (in both senses of the word) to run businesses, create new economic opportunities, and ultimately improve health and sanitation while increasing […]

Solar Flight & More Weekly Microgrid News Highlights from HOMER Energy, Week Ending 7/29/16

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The Flying Microgrid: Solar Impulse Completes Fuel-free Around-the-world Solar Flight Solar Impulse 2 landed its final leg this week, a 100% solar flight from Cairo to Abu Dhabi that completed a one-year journey around the world. With this landing, Solar Impulse became the first airplane to circle the globe using only solar power–and no fuel whatsoever. The aircraft first took off from Abu Dhabi last March and after 17 legs, landed back in […]

Head of New York Public Service Commission to Keynote HOMER International Microgrid Conference

microgrid conference speakers: Zibelman to keynoteNew York Public Service Commission Chairwoman Audrey Zibelman. Photo courtesy of the state Department of Public Service.

Audrey Zibelman, chair of the New York Dept of Public Service Commission (PSC), will give the keynote address at the 4th Annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference coming up in New York City on November 7-8, 2016. Zibelman has a background in the microgrid industry and has been responsible for designing and leading the regulatory and retail market changes of the electric industry under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV). REV […]

Create Your Own Microgrid Control Strategies with HOMER Pro APIs

APIs provide microgrid control strategy options

Microgrid control strategies are at the heart of successful microgrid design and optimization. Now HOMER Pro truly puts the concept of “control” into microgrid control strategies. Version 3.7, released in August 2016, introduced three new ways for users to supplement or replace the default load following and cycle charging strategies HOMER has used for decades. Moving HOMER to an Open Platform to Meet Modern Challenges “HOMER was originally created in 1993, when microgrids […]

Updates from Africa, SLC Plans for 100% Green..and More Microgrid News Highlights, Week Ended July 15, 2016

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News highlights include newly installed microgrid at the Loisaba Conservancy, launch of the Tanzania SE4All “Action Agenda and Investment Prospectus,” Stratean acquires CleanSpark, (ACMTC) competition now open for applications, Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) completes $200 million Macquarie Capital transaction, Texas Microgrid to power H-E-B groceries during outages…

IEEE Proceedings Zooms In on Smart Buildings-Microgrid Integration

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In a special issue of the Proceedings of the IEEE, 11 research papers cover topics ranging from an analysis of geo-referenced building data in the evaluation of thermal microgrids and the use of automated demand response (DR) systems in smart buildings and microgrids to envisioning changes in behavior as the evolution towards consumer-centric power grids continues.

Main-grid and Microgrid Bankability in Africa: A Comparison

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Clusters of gas-fired turbines, big dams, and geothermal projects in Sub-Saharan Africa tend to have very complex financing structures. In addition, they also often involve complex debt/equity structures from local banks. Microgrids, however, are within the reach of much smaller organizations.

HOMER Energy News Highlights, Week Ended July 8, 2016

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A municipal utility renewable energy microgrid in Ohio and an energy security installation at Marine Air Corps Base Miramar are among the highlights of this week’s microgrid and distributed energy news.

(Must read!) On Using Software to Make Case for Mini-grid Deployment; G20 Energy Meeting. News Extra 7/5/16

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HOMER Director of Energy Engineering John Glassmire discusses how to use software to make a strong business case for mini-grid deployment in an easy-to-digest article; IRENA reports on 2016 G20 Energy Ministers Meeting.