Webinar: Planning for a Successful Microgrid

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TRC Solutions is offering a series of free educational webinars to help utilities and other decision makers take action to plan and implement successful microgrids. During this webinar you will learn about: Basic concepts for developing a microgrid Differences from operating within the conventional grid Preliminary engineering steps required Options for generation sources Who should attend? Utilities Microgrid developers Municipalities Energy Managers Register online now

Islanded Grid Windpower Conference and HOMER Training

Islanded Grid Conference

Alaska, home to 180 off-grid communities, will be location for the 2015 Islanded Grid Windpower Conference, March 4-6, 2015. HOMER Energy CEO Dr. Peter Lilienthal will speak at this 2.5-day conference. The conference will provide an opportunity for participants to learn and share information about wind systems on island and islanded grid environments through expert panel discussions, stakeholder dialogue and training sessions. The first two days revolve around primer sessions and opening plenaries […]

HOMER Pro 3.1 to include new turbine components

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HOMER Pro version 3.1, scheduled for release on January 20, 2015, will include new wind turbines by Xant and Enerra and the firstever hydrokinetic turbine by Smart Hydro Power. Xant turbines are in the “small and easy” category, and claim that it takes only one hour to set them up. Ennera are also specialists in small wind, and is another company that should hold considerable interest for many HOMER users. Germany company Smart […]

Hybrid Energy Innovations Event – New York NY April 2015

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Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015 claims to be the first event to cover the broad hybrid energy landscape- it will discuss new techniques, technologies, and strategies for such hybrid energy forms as:  solar, wind, and hydro storage; hybrid solar/wind energy, combinations of such renewables as solar and wind with such fossil fuels as diesel and natural gas; hybrid tidal/wind energy, and solar chargers for electric vehicles. In addition to HOMER Energy CEO, Dr. Peter […]

Major Update to HOMER Pro Microgrid Modeling Software Coming

HOMER Energy plans to release the first major update to their flagship product, HOMER Pro, on January 20, 2015. HOMER, which stands for Hybrid Optimization of Multiple Energy Resources, is the global standard for microgrid modeling software, particularly for the design and analysis of energy systems. HOMER is in use throughout the world, and over 110,000 people from every corner of the world have downloaded HOMER at some point. The new update, HOMER […]

UN Foundation Report Cites HOMER Energy Microgrid Classification Scheme


The United Nations Foundation has published a seminal report on microgrids, Microgrids for Rural Electrification: A critical review of best practices based on seven case studies. They focus on small remote microgrids for energy access.  This is one of the four major microgrid markets as defined in HOMER Energy CEO, Dr. Peter Lilienthal’s article, “How to Classify Microgrids: Setting the Stage for a Distributed Generation Energy Future“, which the UNF document cites several […]

Northampton Awarded $3-Million Grant to Build Microgrid Linking its Highest-Priority Emergency Facilities


Northampton, Massachusetts has been awarded a $3.1-million grant from the State of Massachusetts to link three of its highest-priority emergency facilities together. The grant will empower the city to design and build a microgrid to generate electricity to serve the three facilities. The microgrid will improve the ability for three of the highest-priority emergency facilities to maintain operations when there are power failures. The 20-kilowatt, canopy-style array will include batteries that will store […]

Microgrid Investment to Exceed $155 Billion Through 2023


“Dramatic change is occurring in the microgrid market, as the economic value that these systems bring to the overall power grid becomes more and more apparent,” said Peter Asmus, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. According to the report, the most noteworthy change happening in the microgrid sector is the investigation of new business models designed to support full commercial implementation of microgrid systems. more

Rocky Mountain Institute and Carbon War Room Merge


Two major non-profits active in the microgrid and distributed generation space – the Rocky Mountain Institute, originally founded by energy futurist and visionary Amory Lovins, and the Carbon War Room, founded by Sir Richard Branson – announced a strategic merger last month, under a tag line of “Further, Faster, Together.” The joining of forces of two visionary think tanks active in the microgrid space is yet more evidence of the brilliant future for […]

Microgrids in Haiti

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Haiti has an urgent need for increased access to modern power. It has the lowest electrification rate in the Western Hemisphere and even the urban areas with access to grid power have such a problem with power quality and availability that individual diesel generators are the supply option of choice for most businesses. As part of a project funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, HOMER Energy is working with Soluz, Navigant Consulting, the […]