Saft and Alstom’s Innovative Energy Storage Goes Live At EDF’s Concept Grid

HOMER Energy Industry Partner, Saft, teamed with Alstom to test battery storage in real conditions in mainland France for the purpose of frequency regulation, stabilising the grid, and preventing black-outs. The Concept Grid platform, located on EDF’s research site at Les Renardières, south of Paris, is a real distribution network that is designed to support, test and anticipate the development of electrical systems towards smarter grids. The contract to install a 1 MW per 30 […]

SunEdison and Green Charge Networks Team Up To Deliver Additional Electricity Savings With Solar Plus Energy Storage Offering

SunEdison, Inc., the world’s largest renewable energy development company, and Green Charge Networks, the largest provider of commercial energy storage in the U.S., today announced that they have teamed up to deliver a solar plus storage system to the municipal utility Silicon Valley Power. This project is part of an ongoing strategic partnership between SunEdison and Green Charge Networks to deliver additional electricity savings to commercial and municipal customers throughout California. In California, […]

Australia Slashes Renewable Energy Target; HOMER Energy Heads There Anyway!

The Australian Government has just announced a precipitous drop in the 2020 renewable energy target, from 41 to 33 terawatt hours, according to an article published today in ars technica. Although the government desire to make the cuts has been for some time, the actual amount has been uncertain, as it required parliamentary negotiation. At the heart of the cuts is a prime minister who is openly hostile to climate science, but one […]

Around the World with HOMER Pro – In 180 Days!


May 1, 2015 marked the 6-month point of our launch of HOMER Pro, and what a ride it has been. We knew that the product was catching on, as we watched our base of users grow. But I don’t think that any of us were prepared for the impact of seeing where people are using HOMER. We’ve often said, and heard, that HOMER is the global standard for microgrid assessment and design, and […]

Hybrid Power Plant with Solar Panels and River Turbine an Optimal Solution for Decentralized Electrification in Colombia


A renewable hybrid system with solar panels and river turbine will be installed in Colombia this year. This project is part of the worldwide dena Renewable Energy Solutions Programme coordinated by Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) – the German Energy Agency – and financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) within the “renewables – Made in Germany”. More than half of Colombia’s territory is located outside the National Interconnected System, […]

Florida Power & Light Partners with Florida International University to Build Innovative Solar Research Facility

Artist's conceptual rendering of the 1.6-megawatt solar installation FPL plans to install at Florida International University in 2015. The solar-powered parking canopies will also create about 600 shaded parking spaces in the parking lot of FIU's Engineering Center.Artist's conceptual rendering of the 1.6-megawatt solar installation FPL plans to install at Florida International University in 2015. The solar-powered parking canopies will also create about 600 shaded parking spaces in the parking lot of FIU's Engineering Center.

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and Florida International University (FIU) have announced a new partnership to build a commercial-scale distributed solar power facility that will both generate electricity for FPL’s 4.8 million customers and serve as an innovative research operation. The project involves the installation of more than 5,700 solar panels on 23 canopy-like structures that will be built this summer in the parking lot of the university’s Engineering Center. Using data […]

Microgrids and Reforming the Energy Vision: an Interview with Gil Quiniones of New York Power Authority


Interview with Gil C. Quiniones, President and CEO, New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Chairman, Electric Power Research Institute: Microgrids represent a challenging and alluring market opportunity in light of recent widespread outages, regulatory demands, and increased energy security. The integration of renewable technologies, advanced storage options, and islanding capabilities have allowed innovators to ensure grid reliability and energy independence. Both utility-owned and behind-the-meter microgrids now have the capability and desire to produce […]

Canadian Solar Announces Best-in-Class Warranty for Polycrystalline and Diamond Modules


HOMER Energy Industry Partner Canadian Solar, one of the world’s largest solar power companies, today announced that effective June 1, the company has been offering a new upgraded warranty on its polycrystalline photovoltaic modules by guaranteeing a lower first year power output degradation, less than 2.5%. This is in contrast to the industry standard of 3% degradation during the first year. All Canadian Solar standard modules have a 10-year limited product warranty on material and […]

Texas School District Lowers Peak Demand Using Ice-Based Energy Storage


Installation of IceBank® tanks allows Alamo Heights Independent School District to reduce peak energy consumption by more than 20 percent CALMAC®, a leader in energy storage systems, announced that the Alamo Heights Independent School District (AHISD) in San Antonio, Texas is using its ice-based energy storage technology to cool more than 325,000 square feet across five buildings on its high school campus. The school district, which was already using several solar systems, a […]

EarthSpark Inaugurates Haitian Microgrid, Plans 79 More by 2020

Inauguration of Haitian microgrid

On June 1, 2015, EarthSpark International inaugurated the EKo Pwòp microgrid which provides clean, reliable power to 430 homes and businesses in downtown Les Anglais in the South of Haiti. The newly installed grid is powered by a state-of-the-art hybrid generation system, which includes a 93kW solar PV array, 450 kWh of battery capacity, and a small diesel backup generator. The system is also serviced by SparkMeter smart meters which enable customers to […]