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June 2015

Call for Speakers and Earlybird Registration: Microgrid 2015 in Canberra, Australia

Economically integrating storage and renewables for resilience, grid stability, and remote power

HOMER Energy is pleased to present its next Microgrid Deployment Workshop, Microgrid 2015, October 14 and 15, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. The two-day program kicks off with a visit from ACT Minister of Environment Simon Corbell, who will be available to talk with companies who have proposed to participate in the ACT "Next-gen solar" competition. Speaking and sponsoring opportunities are still available, and special "early bird" registration pricing is now in effect. Space is very limited, so act today to speak or sponsor, and take advantage of early bird registration pricing.

Navigant Report Finds that Microgrid Market has Tripled in the Past Year

Navigant Research has released the eighth edition of the Microgrid Deployment Tracker, which reveals a robust global microgrid market. A host of new government programs has been launched since the 2014 update, thus shedding light on new project development, especially on the East Coast of the United States. However, the majority are proposed or are under early development and are not actually delivering energy services today. As of the 2nd Quarter of 2015, Navigant has identified a total of 12,031 MW of total microgrid capacity throughout the world, up from 4,393 MW in 2Q 2014—a near tripling of the known scope of the microgrid market. Read more

Bringing Microgrids to Rural Villages

MIT team, working with villagers in India, designs peer-to-peer system to enable local power sharing.

An estimated 1.3 billion people around the world lack access to electricity, and as a result spend scarce resources on kerosene and other fuels for lighting. Now MIT researchers have developed a system to enable those in rural villages who can afford solar panels to share power with their neighbors, providing both income for the owners and much-needed power for the neighbors.

The key to the system, developed over two years of research and numerous trips to India, lies in a simple device the team developed that is smaller than a shoebox. The power management unit (PMU) performs a variety of tasks, regulating how electricity from solar panels or other sources gets directed to immediate uses — such as powering lights and cellphones — or to batteries for later use. At the same time, the PMU monitors how much power is going to each user, providing a record that can be used for billing without a need for individual meters. Read more

Advanced Microgrid Solutions Signs 500 MWh Energy Storage Deal with Tesla

Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) has announced that the company has selected Tesla as the primary technology provider for its groundbreaking utility-scale energy storage projects. Under the agreement, AMS will install up to 500-megawatt hours (MWh) of Tesla batteries in its energy storage projects. AMS has also signed a master agreement with global firm Black & Veatch for engineering and construction services. Read more


Map of the Month: Where is HOMER Pro Used?

As of June 23, 2015, the HOMER Pro “Calculate” button has been pressed 123,762 times by 3,337 different users in 5202 unique locations around the world. Want to see how HOMER Pro usage has grown since its launch? Check out Around the World with HOMER Pro – in 180 days.

Call for Case Studies: India

HOMER Energy is seeking case studies that feature the use of HOMER Pro software in modeling distributed generation and microgrid projects in India. Selected studies may also be published in an upcoming textbook. If interested, please contact us at info@homerenergy.com with a brief description of your study.

HOMER CEO to Present at Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit & Expo

HOMER CEO Dr. Peter Lilienthal will give a poster presentation at the Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summits & Expo on August 25, 2015, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The title of the presentation is "Optimizing the Design of Hybrid Renewable Microgrids with the HOMER Software." Register for the event here.

Upcoming Online Training for HOMER Pro Users

Watch Now: HOMER Energy Webinars Available Online

HOMER Pro Update

HOMER Pro version 3.2.3 was released on June 16, 2015. The latest version includes converters from Leonics, improved OST and surface plots, improved error reporting for battery search space, and various bug fixes. Download the latest update now.


Australian Utilities Cozy Up to Home Storage: ‘If We Don’t Respond, Someone Else Will’

Three Australian power companies are set to offer Panasonic’s residential battery systems.

Australian utilities are moving to combat the threat of revenue loss from residential energy storage by opting to supply batteries themselves. Three companies -- Red Energy, Ergon Energy and ActewAGL -- announced trials offering Panasonic battery systems.

“Our customers are already showing interest in this technology, and if we don’t respond to what our customers want, someone else will,” said ActewAGL CEO Michael Costello.

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Brooklyn, New York, To Build First Solar City In U.S. — Wants Independence From Power Grid

Right around the turn of the new millennium, Rolf Disch designed and built the first solar city in Freiburg, Germany. This city, which consisted of two parts known as Sonnenschiff (Solar Ship) an Solarsiedlung (Solar Village), put emphasis on power production through numerous rooftop solar arrays installed on almost every building, as reported by the Inquisitr. It was a monumental endeavor to get people living completely off the electrical grid yet remaining in an urban environment.

Now, the Sonnenschiff and Solarsiedlung may be joined with another city, as recent news reports that Brooklyn, New York, will build a solar city of their own. Upon completion, it will be the first city that can be independent from the power grid in the United States.

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Free electricity? Off-grid Housing Estates Can Do It

Imagine this: Newly built housing estates that are not even connected to the main electricity grid. Solar and battery storage come standard in new homes, included in the purchase price and mortgage, and effectively providing free electricity. The package may even include an electric vehicle in the garage. Sound like a dream into the future? Maybe, but not very far into the future. According to players in the battery storage and smart technology markets, it is already happening and housing developers in Australia are exploring exactly these sort of options.

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HOMER Industry Partner News

HOMER Energy is pleased to announce SAFT America as our newest Silver Industry Partner. Saft is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of advanced-technology batteries for industry. Saft products are widely acknowledged to be reliable, safe, cost-efficient, long-life and respectful of the environment.

Northern Power and FIAMM Team Up to Deliver Innovative Energy Storage Solutions

Beacon Power and Chugach Electric Association to Deploy Hybrid Flywheel and Battery Energy Storage Project in Alaska

Schneider Electric to Introduce Energy Storage Offer and New Monitoring Solutions

Smart Hydro Power River Turbines an Optimal Solution for Decentralized Electrification in Colombia

2nd Microgrid Development for Public & Private Sectors WEST COAST

Revolutionize energy storage systems, renewable technologies, and structural design to enhance energy reliability and overall microgrid productivity. Following the success of the First Annual West and East Coast Microgrid Conferences, the 2015 West Coast edition continues to provide a platform for public and private sector professionals to demonstrate and discuss their successful microgrid projects and lessons learned. Click here for more information.

Gold Industry Partner

Northern Power Systems

Silver Industry Partners

ABB Microgrid Solutions Alpha Energy American Vanadium
Aquion Energy Cadmus Canadian Solar
Discover Energy Innovus Leonics
Schneider Electric

Bronze Industry Partners

Sustainable Power Systems Smart Hydro Power
Trojan Battery

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