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Not to be missed: A Tour of HOMER Pro with the Pros from HOMER (Energy!) - a Free Educational Webinar

March 18, 1500 GMT
HOMER Energy engineers and executives are teaming up to offer a free live tour of HOMER Pro, including a preview of what is coming up in version 3.2, due for release in April (hint - it has something to do with random grid outages). Participants will be able to send in questions via chat, or in advance via email to
There is no cost to attend, but seats are limited, so you should register now.
By the way, we have a few slots left in our 2015 webinar schedule. Contact sales to book your webinar today.

"A Technology-Driven Disruption of Historic Proportions..."

If only we could claim credit for this interesting quote regarding the coming (or here?) shakeup in the utility industry. It comes from NRG CEO David Crane, as reported in RenewEconomy - "Future of energy - and decline of centralised generation - explained in 70 seconds."
Discussion of the coming changes in the utility industry due to increasing distributed generation range from the cataclysmic to the ho-hum, but whatever the opinion, it seems like everyone is talking about it. We'd love to hear your thoughts, too. More

Gold Industry Partner:

Northern Power Systems

Developers Use Storage to Keep Housing Off-Grid

The rapid change in the way electricity is delivered to customers is about to be highlighted by a new project that will see a new housing estate built without being connected to the grid. The idea has the support of the government of South Australia, a state which already sources 40 per cent of its electricity from wind and solar.South Australian solar energy and battery storage company Zen Energy Systems last week flagged it was in talks with housing developers to build energy self-reliant housing estates that don’t need to be connected to the main electricity grid. More

Raytheon Demonstrates 100% PV-Powered Microgrid System

Raytheon , the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Primus Power, and Advanced Energy together have successfully demonstrated an advanced microgrid system capable of islanded (off-grid) operation using stored and high penetration renewable energy.Raytheon's IPEM Microgrid Controller provides key supervisory control functions, employing model-based control methods to coordinate operation of microgrid resources and perform advanced energy management functions. These capabilities provide safe and reliable microgrid operation while maximizing efficiency via optimal use of renewable resources (e.g., PV) that would otherwise be unavailable during off-grid operation. More

Post-Fukushima Japan Has New Focus on Microgrids

The earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in March, 2011 left much of the eastern portion of the island without power for weeks and affected the power supply as far away as Tokyo. In the wake of that disaster, some companies and communities have started building microgrids to ensure power continuity after natural disasters.” More

HOMER Energy News:
Aquion Energy and Canadian Solar Join HOMER Energy as Industry Partners

Aquion Energy, manufacturers of the Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI) batteries and battery systems, and Canadian Solar, one of the world's largest solar companies, are HOMER Energy's two most recent Industry Partners. HOMER Energy works closely with its industry partners to determine priorities for software development and product offerings. Industry partners also work closely with us on educational and outreach activities.
HOMER Energy Assists with Tanzanian Mini-Grid Workshop Recruitment
HOMER Energy has been helping NREL and DOE with their initiative developing Quality Assurance Standards for Mini-grids.As part of that initiative, NREL held a workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on March 11, 2015. HOMER Energy queried their Tanzanian user base for interest in attending the workshop and got 70 replies from renewable energy professionals in Tanzania who wanted to attend. The venue had limited seating, so we unfortunately could not accommodate the entire group. The degree of interest in mini-grids and renewable energy in east Africa is clear, and our hope is that further activities in this region can include more people.

Silver Industry Partners:

ABB Microgrid Solutions
Schneider Electric
Trojan Battery
American Vanadium

Discover Energy
Sustainable Power Systems

Alpha Energy
Aquion Energy
Aquion Energy

Expanding HOMER Training - We Want to Hear From You!

HOMER Energy is in the process of expanding our HOMER training options, with a goal of introducing HOMER Pro Certification. But as a small and nimble company, we want to focus first on those courses and offerings of the greatest value to our customers. That is why we ask for your participation in our first ever HOMER Training Survey. It takes no more than 5 minutes to complete, and we will be using it to offer you more training options in the near future.

Take the survey now.

Distributed Wind 2015: March 24, Washington DC

HOMER Energy CEO Dr. Peter Lilienthal will be presenting on “Emerging Markets & Business Models” at the Distributed Wind 2015 conference on March 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. According to the event website: Distributed Wind 2015 is committed to the advancement of both distributed and community wind energy.  This two-day event includes a Business Conference with sessions focused on advancing the knowledge of distributed and community wind professionals that want to learn more about growing the market for this sector of the wind industry. The second day begins with a lobby 101 session, followed by a full day of meetings on Capitol Hill. All meetings are organized by DWEA and led by DWEA members. There is something for everyone involved in distributed wind industry.


Microgrid Global Summit: March 2015, Irvine, California

The Advanced Power and Energy Program at the University of California Irvine is once again hosting the Microgrid Global Summit - March 25 and 26, 2015. The conference brings together global experts from industry, government, and academia with the theme "Empowering a New World of Energy." HOMER Energy CEO Dr. Peter Lilienthal will speak. Registration and more information are available here.
The Microgrid Global Summit will follow immediately after the 15th Annual International Colloquium on Environmentally Preferred Advanced Power Generation (ICEPAG) Clean Energy Conference, at the same location. Discounts are available for registering at both events.

Hybrid Energy Innovations: April 2015, New York City

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015 - April 8-9 2015, New York City - will be the first event to cover a broad hybrid energy landscape. The event will include new techniques, technologies, and strategies for hybrid energy forms including solar, wind, and hydro storage; for hybrid solar/wind energy, combinations of solar and wind with fossil fuels; for hybrid tidal/wind energy, and solar chargers for electric vehicles. HOMER Energy CEO Dr. Peter Lilienthal will speak at the conference. Discount registration is available through February 13, 2015.

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Bronze Industry Partners:

Sustainable Power Systems

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