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HOMER Energy Workshop on Microgrid Design and Feasibility

HOMER Energy will conduct a one-day, pre-conference workshop on microgrid design and feasibility analysis on Tuesday, May 20, at the Microgrid Global Summit 2014 next month in Irvine, CA. The workshop will discuss modeling and analytical requirements for microgrids, examine several HOMER user case studies, and provide training into the effective use of the HOMER software. For full details and to register, click here.

Navigant Research Releases Latest Microgrid Deployment Tracker

According to the report, the vast majority of the new project entries (135) were in the Asia Pacific region, concentrated in India, which is the global leader in terms of numbers of deployed microgrids to date. The largest source of new capacity is the community/utility segment, with an addition of 154 MW. more

Save the Date: April 23, 2014, 11:00 am EST
WEBINAR: "Grid Optional - The Economics of Grid Defection"

Join HOMER Energy and the Rocky Mountain Institute to discuss the analyses behind the recently released report The Economics of Grid Defection: When and Where Distributed Solar Generation Plus Storage Competes with Traditional Utility Service. The report can be downloaded here. There has been considerable interest in how the numbers within the report were generated, and the intention is to let anyone with interest access the files. To register for this free webinar, click here.

HOMER Network Continues to Grow and Strengthen with New Partners, Cadmus and Leonics

Leonics and Cadmus have long been part of our network, and each grows the Partner program in a new direction. Cadmus is the first consulting company on board, and Leonics is an equipment manufacturer and microgrid builder in Southeast Asia, a part of the world that presents tremendous growth in the market. Learn more about them and our other Partners below and on the HOMER website.

Monthly Case Study:
Optimization of a Solar PV - Wind Turbine: Hybrid System for the High-Altitude Village of Chala in the Nepal Himalayas

This presentation examines an example of the pre-feasibility design and HOMER simulation of a Remote Area Power Supply (RAPS) system for the extremely remote, high-altitude Himalayan village of Chala, in the district of Humla in the north west of Nepal. Chala is reached by trekking over the Himalayan mountain range and is 17 days trek away from the nearest road. download case study PDF

HOMER Energy Internship Available

There is a rare opportunity for an exceptional student to work with the HOMER software development team in summer 2014. Visit our Jobs Page for more information about the position and how to apply.

Need Seen For Microgrid Open Architecture

A recent workshop on microgrids at UT Austin called for the formulation of a voluntary open architecture for developing economies and remote areas that are extending power to unserved and underserved areas. Today, decisions are uncoordinated and often not scalable. The architecture is seen as helping disparate sources contribute to a functional system, and would likely include both power and water. more

Toshiba Delivers Energy Storage Systems to Remote Islands

The maximum output and capacity of the systems Toshiba has delivered are 3,000kW and 1,161kWh for Tanegashima Island and 2,000kW and 774kWh for Amamioshima Island. Both systems integrate the company's SCiB lithium-ion secondary batteries, which are designed to support over 10,000 rapid charge-discharge cycles while offering high levels of reliability and operational safety. more

Global Microgrid Market Set for Rapid Growth Beyond 2015

To overcome cost and integration barriers, institutions and universities across Europe are building microgrid networks for field tests and analysis. According to a new report from Frost & Sullivan, the large value chain of participants actively contributing to microgrid development will further fuel a market boom beyond 2015. more

Electrovaya Partners with Canadian Solar on Microgrid Energy Storage Project

Electrovaya announced recently that it will partner with Canadian Solar on a microgrid project, providing a 200 kWh energy storage system which will feature Electrovaya's Lithium Ion SuperPolymer 2.0 technology. The project is being funded by the Ontario Smart Grid Fund, through the Ministry of Energy. more

Call for Microgrid Deployment Workshop Hosts

HOMER Energy is looking to host future Microgrid Deployment Workshops during the months of January or February, April or May, July, and September or October of 2015. Our target locations are Australia, India, Malaysia, the Phillippines, Central or South America, northeastern United States, western Africa, southern Africa, or other locations where there is growing interest in microgrids and a concentration of users interested in learning and sharing about HOMER. Event hosts will need to have access to or information on local venues that can provide room for about 100 attendees plus catering services. If interested in helping host an event, contact Daniel Coran, Program Manager, at +1-815-310-3343 or

On a related note, speaking applications for the Microgrid Deployment Workshop in Barcelona, Spain (Sept. 22-23, 2014) are due by Friday, April 18. For information on submitting a proposal, click here.

Wesleyan University Begins Operation of Microgrid

According to the author, recent upgrades to Wesleyan's microgrid make it the first project to be finished under a state pilot program to expand microgrids in Connecticut. "In an environment that is rapidly changing, unusually cold weather, unusually hot weather, unusually strong storms, we have to make sure we're in a position to take care of our citizens," said Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. "We can take care of the needs of our 169 towns. We should have a microgrid in each one of those, and the larger communities should have more than one." view article in The Hartford Courant

HOMER Energy CEO Participates in Wind Integration Workshop

HOMER Energy CEO, Dr. Peter Lilienthal, conducted a HOMER training as part of the Alaska Wind Integration Workshop in Fairbanks, Alaska on March 20. The Workshop was hosted by the Alaska Center for Energy and Power. Alaska has become a world leader in the integration of high penetrations of renewable power with 26 wind-diesel systems operating with higher contributions from renewable power than any utility system in the lower 48. The HOMER software has become a standard part of the design and funding process used by the Alaska Energy Authority. Dr. Lilienthal will also be speaking on a panel "World Interest in Alaska" as part of the Business of Clean Energy conference in Anchorage, Alaska on May 1-2, 2014. more

Meet HOMER Energy at the Following Live and Online Events:

  • Introduction to HOMER Modeling Software April 8-10, 2014 (online training)

  • Introduction to HOMER Modeling Software April 22-24, 2014 (online training)

  • Microgrid Global Summit May 20-23, 2014 in Irvine, California

  • 4th Military & Commercial Microgrids June 17-19, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

  • HOMER Energy Preferred Partners:

    ABB Microgrid Solutions
    Schneider Electric
    Trojan Battery
    American Vanadium
    Discover Energy
    GoSol Power
    Shipstone Energy Storage
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