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New HOMER® Pro Release Features Integration with Popular Solar PV Design Tools

HelioScope Screen Shot

The latest release of HOMERⓇ Pro – version 3.11 – is now integrated with two powerful tools for designing PV systems, HelioScope and PVsyst. This development is exciting to me for several reasons: For the distributed energy marketplace to really take off, we need many more people who are comfortable with designing distributed power systems that incorporate hybrid renewable energy components. And that means practical, user-friendly design tools. This development advances what I […]

Combined Dispatch Algorithm “Two-for-one Deal” Accurately Models Microgrid Controller

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By Cycle Charging during periods of low net load, the Combined Dispatch algorithm helps avoid using a diesel generator at low loads. By Load Following during periods of high net load, the algorithm maximizes the use of available renewable energy. Due to this flexibility of being able to account for both high and low loads, the Combined Dispatch algorithm is a better option than choosing between Load Following or Cycle Charging (and potentially making the wrong choice). It is also a better option than running both strategies by default, which doubles the processing time. On top of that, we’ve seen that Combined Dispatch can perform as well, if not better than, either Load Following or Cycle Charging.

Discover Battery Joins HOMER Energy’s Component Partner Program

Discover Battery — which provides reliable, affordable storage systems for residential solar, community electrification, supplementation of unreliable utility power, and as backup to the grid — has joined HOMER® Energy‘s Partner Program, reaffirming the organization’s commitment to the rapidly growing microgrid market. As a HOMER Energy component partner, Discover Battery promotes its mission as a world leader in advancing energy storage solutions for industrial and commercial, stationary and motive applications in remote and harsh environments. The company’s broad […]

Comet ME’s Jubbet a-Dhib Microgrid — a HOMER Pro Case Study [UPDATED with Confiscation & Return, Reinstallation News]

Jubbet a-Dhib microgridThe returned solar panels are unloaded in Jubbet a-Dhib, a village in the West Bank, Palestine.

Ice Cream, Appliances, and Autonomy: Rural Electrification Project Lights West Bank Village (Read about a tragic update followed by positive outcome for Jubbet a-Dhib microgrid in updates below original post, which was first published April 28, 2017) On a recent trip to Palestine, I had the opportunity to meet with a long-time HOMER Energy customer, Comet-ME, an Israeli-Palestinian NGO bringing off-grid solar power to villages in “Area C” of the Occupied West Bank. […]

SparkMeter Joins HOMER Energy’s Industry Partner Program

SparkMeter, developer of a low-cost, pre-pay-enabled smart-metering solution for electric utilities in developing countries, has joined HOMER Energy‘s Industry Partner Program, reaffirming the organization’s commitment to the rapidly growing microgrid market. As a HOMER Energy Industry Partner, SparkMeter promotes its mission of serving low-income customers in the developing world. The company’s metering system is being widely adopted by utilities serving customers in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.  SparkMeter is a venture-backed company that was […]

HOMER Pro v3.10 Brings Powerful Enhancements That Make It Easier to Use and Better than Ever

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HOMER Energy announces HOMER® Pro v3.10, which includes new features for greater ease-of-use and more sample data to users across the globe. This release adds a diverse library of sample loads for more accurate modeling, new templates to help get data into HOMER Pro quickly and easily, and more than 20,000 new components so users can now model with the specific hardware they need. Get accurate load data with sample load profiles Electric […]

Have it Your Way: The HOMER SaaS API

homer saas api

I launched this “From the Founder” column last month and used it to go back to HOMER’s roots as a mechanism to serve the energy access world. This month, I want to continue the conversation about how to rapidly and efficiently help millions of people understand how distributed power systems work — at the opposite end of the spectrum. Specifically, I’m referring to companies and organizations that are serious about being competitive in […]

Leonics Renews HOMER Energy Component Partnership

Leonics, specializing in stand-alone photovoltaic (PV) distributed generation(DG) hybrid microgrid system equipment and design, has renewed its HOMER Energy Component Partnership, reaffirming the organization’s commitment to the rapidly growing microgrid market.As a HOMER Energy Component As a HOMER Energy Component Partner, Leonics adds its proven components to HOMER Pro for modeling the interactions of various microgrid components. Leonics can also custom design PCEs, hybrid controllers, and load controllers to comply with site-specific requirements. […]

XANT Renews HOMER Energy Component Partnership

XANT, which delivers energy solutions to remote area’s with state-of-the-art, mid-sized wind turbines, has renewed its HOMER Energy Component Partnership, reaffirming the organization’s commitment to the rapidly growing microgrid market. As a HOMER Energy Component Partner, XANT adds its tailored, mid-sized wind turbine components to HOMER Pro for modeling projects that enable farmers, industries, schools, villages and resorts to reduce energy costs anywhere in the world. Visit the XANT partner page to learn […]

Saft Renews HOMER Energy Component Partnership

Saft,  the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of high technology batteries for industry, has renewed its HOMER Energy Component Partnership, reaffirming the organization’s commitment to the rapidly growing microgrid market. As a HOMER Energy Component Partner, Saft adds its advanced modeling capabilities to HOMER Pro for modeling the interactions of various microgrid components and determining precise battery aging characteristics. Please visit the Saft Partner Page today. The HOMER Energy Component Partner Program is designed for […]