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Feb-Early March 2016

HOMER Optimizer™: HOMER Gets a Lot Smarter

While it may not be equivalent to the invention of sliced bread, HOMER just got a lot smarter, in a way that we think will be useful to all our users. The most recent version of HOMER Pro (3.5.3) includes a new optimization algorithm that HOMER Energy CEO Dr. Peter Lilienthal has called "...the most important update in HOMER's 24-year history." Read more...

We invite you to join HOMER Energy CEO Dr. Peter Lilienthal, HOMER Engineer and Trainer John Glassmire, and HOMER Engineer and Developer Jonathan Awerbuch on April 6th, 2016, for a free educational webinar on how to use the HOMER Optimizer in your modeling. Spots and limited, so we recommend you sign up now.

From Skipping Edison to the New Kale: Microgrids are Suddenly Everywhere

Here's what we can't help but notice - microgrids are suddenly "a thing." I don't know how we missed it that Micah Kotah, Director of the NY Prize Microgrid Prize competition, speaking New York's Energy Week 2015, called microgrids "the new kale," but we think it's an apt description. We think they are good for you, too, and that all this attention is going somewhere very worthwhile for this planet and its citizens. Read more...


Black & Veatch Joins HOMER Silver Partner Program

Black & Veatch, global leader in engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC), recently became HOMER's newest Silver Industry Partner, illustrating their seriousness about participating in the rapidly growing microgrid market. Black & Veatch can integrate complex microgrid components into a cost-effective solution, whether you are a utility or an end user. Visit Partner Page

HOMER Forms Partnership with Microgrid Systems Laboratory

HOMER Energy joined forces with the newly-formed Microgrid Systems Laboratory of Santa Fe, New Mexico, recently, with the mutual goal of promoting the use of microgrids to improve electricity delivery and sustainability as well as to work together on educational programs on microgrids. The Microgrid Systems Lab is structured as three synergistic operations, representing the core elements of Innovation, Education, and Certification. Read More

Remote Area Power Supply Conference

22-23 March 2016, Melbourne, Australia
The 3rd Annual Remote Area Power Supply Conference will be held on the 22-23 March 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. The event will look at reducing the cost of off-grid energy and increasing supply security. HOMER Energy CEO Dr. Peter Lilienthal will be speaking at the event, and will be available for meetings during the event. Visit event website

ICEPAG 2016 Microgrid Global Summit

March 22-24 2016 Irvine, California, USA
The “Microgrid Global Summit” is one of two pillars in the ICEPAG (International Colloquium on Environmentally Preferred Advanced Generation) smart, clean-energy colloquium series. Visit event website

IEEE Greentech 2016

April 7-8 2016, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
The Kansas City Section of the IEEE has been selected to host the 8th Annual IEEE Green Technologies Conference (GreenTech 2016). This conference seeks to focus on the technologies, policies, and industries that shape energy production, transmission and distribution, and consumption now and in the future. HOMER Energy CEO Dr. Peter Lilienthal will be speaking at the event, and will be available for meetings during the event. Visit event website

ACI 4th National Microgrids Conference

April 13-15 2016, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
A 3-day conference capitalizing on microgrids for improved system energy efficiency, reliability, and providing enabling technologies for grid independence. HOMER Energy CEO Dr. Peter Lilienthal will be speaking at the event, and will be available for meetings during the event. Visit event website

Asia Clean Energy Forum 2016

June 6-10 2016, Manila, The Philippines
The Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) is Asia’s premier networking and knowledge-sharing event for Clean Energy and Renewable Energy in Asia. More than 1,200 participants from 60 countries attended in 2015. HOMER Energy CEO Dr. Peter Lilienthal will be speaking at the event, and will be available for meetings during the event. Visit event website

Asian Utility Week 2016

May 31 - June 1 2016, Bangkok, Thailand
Asian Utility Week is a large scale exhibition and conference that is focused on bringing innovations in Smart Grids strategy to Asian utilities. HOMER Energy CEO Dr. Peter Lilienthal will be speaking at the event, and will be available for meetings during the event. Visit event website

Upcoming Online Training for HOMER Pro Users

Watch Now: HOMER Energy Webinars Available Online

HOMER Pro Update

HOMER Pro version 3.5.2 was released on February 25, 2016. The latest version includes the new HOMER Optimizer. Download the latest update now.


Measures to stimulate the microgrid market

In many traditional renewable energy key markets, framework conditions are changing and solar and wind energy suppliers have to look for new profitable market segments. Off-grid solar- or wind-diesel hybrid applications, a special form of microgrids, have been identified by many players as an attractive market segment for the future. Read more

Microgrids Positioned for a Bright Future

Microgrids are popping up in the strangest places – such as a small upstate New York town and a commercial dairy. Read more

Microgrid Business Models To Converge In Time

While there are currently a notable diversity of microgrid business models -- owing to wide diversities of application, and also to differing policy landscapes -- these will converge over the coming years, according to a new report from Navigant Research. Read more

The 40 Australian towns that could, and should, quit the grid

A study by energy management consultants Energeia says that many small Australian towns, particularly those at the edge of the grid, will find it more cost effective within a few years to actually cut the main link and provide the power with local generation, principally solar, and battery storage. Read more

What’s driving regional West Australians off the grid?

A Western Australian solar installer has reported an increase in the number of landowners and small businesses on the fringes of the state’s networks looking to go off-grid, as a cheaper and easier alternative to joining the network, or as a remedy for ongoing supply difficulties. Read more

Microgrid Market Worth 34.94 Billion USD by 2022

According to the new market research report "Microgrid Market by Grid Type (Grid-Connected, Remote, Hybrid), Component, Power Source (Fuel Cell, CHP, Renewables), Vertical (Government & Education, Residential & Commercial, Military & Others), and Geography - Global Forecast to 2022", published by MarketsandMarkets, the is estimated to reach USD 34.94 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 10.9% between 2016 and 2022. Read more


HOMER Industry Partner News

Duke Energy to put new battery and ultracapacitor system to the test in N.C. - First-of-its-kind Hybrid Energy Storage System (HESS)

Alaska's rural energy microgrids offer a prototype for powering the world

Silver Industry Partners

ABB Microgrid Solutions Alpha Energy American Vanadium
Aquion Energy Black & Veatch Canadian Solar
Discover Energy Innovus Leonics
Microgrid Systems Laboratory Primus Power Schneider Electric

Bronze Industry Partners

Brightmerge REDT Renewable Energy Storage Solar Century
Sustainable Power Systems Trojan Battery

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