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Registration Open for Microgrid Deployment Workshop, Barcelona

HOMER Energy is pleased to present its next Microgrid Deployment Workshop, September 22-23, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. The two-day program takes a careful look at key microgrid case studies, system planning and analysis, and deployment issues. The focus is on determining the correct mix of technology options for maximizing the microgrid business model and integration of renewable energy sources. Half of Day 2 is devoted to in-depth HOMER software training. Space is limited so be sure to register today.

Africa's Largest Self-Sufficient Solar Microgrid Project Created

The island-wide microgrid on Annobon Province, an island off Equatorial Guinea in west central Africa, will be designed to provide enough electricity to handle 100 percent of the island's current energy demand and be the largest self-sufficient solar project on the continent of Africa. The project is a part of Equatorial Guinea's National Economic Development Plan Horizon 2020, which aims to make Equatorial Guinea an "emerging economy" and accelerate its development and democratization by 2020. more

Presentations Available from HOMER Energy Workshop in Irvine

It was standing room only at the recent HOMER Energy pre-conference workshop on Microgrid Design and Feasibility Analysis, at the Microgrid Global Summit on May 20 in Irvine, CA. PDFs of the presentations are now available for download here.

PEER Certification Initiative Launched

Developed by the Perfect Power Institute, a non-profit that aims to apply LEED-style grading to energy microgrids, the new Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) program is designed to implement best practices in system design and set the standard for consumer, municipal, and industrial electrical system performance. more

Energy Storage to Become a Key Part of Microgrids Deployments

A 15% displacement of diesel generator sets in a remote microgrid would result in a payback period of 2-4 years across all energy storage technologies, according to a new report from Navigant Research. The key for storage vendors is to find the right business models, partners, and demonstrate the longevity and robustness required of remote systems. more

Microgrid Alliance Forms, Seeks to Offer Collective Industry Voice

The Microgrid Alliance (MGA) recently formed with the aim of bringing together parties that want to accelerate the growth and development of microgrids. Founding members include General MicroGrids, Landis+Gyr, HOMER Energy, Alstom, ENBALA Power Networks, EarthSpark International, ESTA International, and Green Energy Corp. Among its objectives is the desire to bring a coordinated industry perspective to policy and regulatory discussions at the state level. visit MGA site

Solar Microgrid Architecture Evolution: An Overview

This presentation by David Cohen, Founder and Chairman of Evolution7 Labs, provides an overview of microgrid architectures, including compact networks and hybrid energy systems. Part of the Microgrids Virtual Summit earlier this year, it discusses newer microgrid designs that leverage clusters of intelligent buildings in combination with electric vehicle infrastructure acting as storage and integrated solar systems (solar microgrids) which could be incorporated into many different form factors from residential to commercial to military applications. view audio + PowerPoint recording

Case Study: Technical Meets Non-Technical Factors in Microgrid Design: The Experience of Las Balsas, Esmeraldas, Ecuador

In July 2012, a new 100% photovoltaic microgrid was commissioned in the small remote village of Las Balsas, in Esmeraldas, Ecuador. One of the key aspects of the project has been to seek the sustainability of long-term service. This presentation describes the details of the challenge of preliminary demand studies together with close community engagement to allow for successful engineering, operations and management activities and the sustainability of the service. view slides

UCSD Seeks To Create Dynamic Testing Center for Microgrids

The University of California, San Diego has developed a microgrid platform for showcasing new distributed energy technologies. According to a recent article in greentechmedia, the facility is in a position to shave two years off time-to-market because it is on state property and is not a utility. "That is critical in getting from the lab to market," says center's director, Byron Washom. view article

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

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  • Introduction to HOMER Modeling Software -- June 24-26, 2014 (online training)

  • Microgrid Deployment Workshop: Fall 2014 -- September 22-23, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain

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