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From Canada to the Caribbean: HOMER Heads North, West, & South for Upcoming Events

HOMER Energy is traveling all over this September and October to participate in some industry-leading events. In addition to our own 5th annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference in Denver, Colorado, September 18-19, we’ll be heading to: Solar Power International (SPI), Las Vegas, Nevada, September 10-13. Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF), Miami, Florida, October 18-20. Renewables in Remote Microgrids/Communities conference, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada, October 23-26. Solar Power International (SPI) North America’s largest solar […]

Cannabis Industry: Microgrids a “Game Changer” for Multi-billion Dollar Market

cannabis industry microgridMicrogrids bring environmental reponsibility, huge savings, to indoor cannabis industry.

Using fossil fuels to power cannabis cultivation is detrimental to the environment, takes “green” out of industry.
Energy is one of growers’ largest costs, accounting for as much as 50% of total overhead. However, implementing a microgrid can reduce those costs by as much as 25%. Scale Energy’s microgrids combine solar, storage, and combined heat and power (CHP). The systems make for a much more environmentally friendly operation while dramatically reducing costs, hence the revolutionary role they will play in this growing industry.

Microgrid News Weekly: Marijuana Microgrids, Coal vs. Wind — February 23, 2017

marijuana microgridEnergy accounts for 20-25% of indoor cannabis cultivation costs. Photo via CPB

Colorado-based Scale Energy Solutions has unveiled solutions to fill a gap that utility companies and major corporations can’t fix. The company develops hybrid microgrids, combining solar, storage and combined heat and power (CHP), to lower the gluttonous energy consumption of indoor cannabis cultivation, microgrids it predicts will cut 20-25% from the cost of production.

Colorado multi-stakeholder Solar-plus-Storage “Portfolio” Microgrid Project

Peña Station NEXT microgrid A rendering of the microgrid project at Peña Station NEXT

At Peña Station NEXT—a 382-acre transit-oriented development in Denver, Colorado—stakeholders Panasonic, Xcel Energy, Denver International Airport, Younicos, and LC Fulenwider, Inc. have partnered on an ambitious solar+storage microgrid. The project used a public-private partnership approach that resulted in a multi-stakeholder “portfolio microgrid.” Now, Panasonic, Xcel Energy, and Younicos have released a white paper, A Portfolio Microgrid in Denver, Colorado: How a multi-use battery energy storage system provides grid and customer services through a […]

Can Boulder own its own power? Lots happening in distributed generation today

As the distributed generation field expands, there is more news than this editor can handle in one day! Today’s #1 story relates to our home town of Boulder, Colorado, where the franchise agreement with Xcel Energy is coming to an end. This evergreen “woo woo” town is looking hard at options that would leave Xcel out of the picture. Boulder Can Own Its Power With Distributed Generation Bill Gates may be somewhat off […]

Microgrids in the News 04/12/2011

  How Denmark Will Integrate 50% Wind Power by 2025 11% of U.S. Energy Production from Renewable Resources in 2010 Studies Say Natural Gas Has Its Own Environmental Problems

Microgrids in the News 03/02/2011

  Today’s resources and news stories: Intel the Biggest Buyer of Green Energy in the U.S., Report Says Software helps determine hybrid energy sources Distributed Generation Makes Big Numbers Distributed Generation and Business Model Innovation USA: Solar Thermal SRECs traded in Washington D.C. and North Carolina Africa ripe for alternative energy Bridging the ENERGY gap in Africa! Xcel Energy blasted for burying bill to up small-scale renewable energy projects Tailor renewable energies to […]

Distributed Generation News Brought to you by HOMER Energy

Here are some of today’s highlights in the world of micro-grids, the smart grid, and renewable energy: Just how much impact will a Smart Grid have? Check out the analysis by Good/Transparency of the potential energy consumption and carbon emissions reduction resulting from a Smart-Grid deployment.  Although we would argue that they have dramatically underestimated the potential of renewables through the incorporation of micro-grids into the SmartGrid, it remains an interesting starting point. […]