So you bought HOMER - now what? HOMER Energy offers the only certified training on how to use the HOMER software for analysis of distributed generation and microgrids. Learn how to get the most from HOMER with our training programs are online or in person at our facility or yours.
Participants who attend and complete the courses will receive a Certificate of Completion.
We offer a 3-hr introductory course and 10 1.5-hour advanced courses.
Introduction to HOMER (3 hours, $199 for class or $1500 for your group)
We recommend that all new HOMER users start with Introduction to HOMER. This 3-hour training, offered either online or as the first morning of your in-person training, introduces the fundamentals of the HOMER software, from understanding the interface and modular design to completion and interpretation of simple modeling projects end-to-end. Participants will learn how HOMER calculates the technical feasibility, economic value, and other metrics of different designs through its powerful sensitivity analyses and its ability to simulate and optimize thousands of system designs in minutes.
Advanced Courses (1.5 hours each, $200 for class or $750 for your group)
|101||Advanced wind and solar||
This course covers systems with multiple solar arrays, using the maximum power point tracker and dedicated inverter, understanding wind data and turbine models, scheduled maintenance, and many other aspects that go beyond the introductory class.
|102||Larger systems with multiple diesels||Islanded utilities and large village systems usually have multiple diesels. Associated modeling issues, such as operating reserves, are covered.|
|103||Advanced loads and load management||This course describes how to prioritize your loads and other load management techniques. This course requires the HOMER Advanced Load module.|
|104||Advanced storage topics||This course describes HOMER’s multiple storage and dispatch algorithms. It also covers how to create your own storage technology and model novel technologies.|
|105||High renewable penetration systems||Systems that can run purely on renewables and storage have their own challenges. This course covers both the practical and theoretical aspects of how to model these in HOMER as well as how to manage them.|
|106||Advanced grid||Users modeling grid-connected systems will want to take this course, which covers the use of HOMER’s Advanced Grid Module. This module covers real-time pricing and the complex tariff structures that HOMER can handle. It also covers the modeling of both scheduled and random outages. This course requires the HOMER Advanced Grid Module.|
|107||Thermal loads, combined heat and power||Thermal loads and combined heat and power are of particular interest and application in campuses, facility clusters, and large buildings. They can also help integrate high penetrations of variable renewable power. This course requires the HOMER Combined Heat and Power Module.|
|108||Biomass and hydro||Managing and modeling biomass and hydro are fairly specialized topics in HOMER. This course covers both of these types of systems. This course requires both the HOMER Biomass and HOMER Hydro Modules.|
|109||Fuel cells, combustion turbines, micro-turbines||HOMER’s generator module can be used to model a variety of technologies besides reciprocating diesel engines. This module describes how to create your own generation technology.|
|110||Hydrogen production and storage||HOMER can model electrolyzers, steam reformers, and hydrogen storage systems. This course requires the HOMER Hydrogen Module.|
|111||Collaborative consulting||A HOMER trainer will work with you to model your own systems and interests, usually at the end of or as part of a training package. This “course” is offered in 1.5 hour increments, as many as needed.|
Pricing - Online
|Course||Group Class||Private Class (up to 15)|
|Introduction to HOMER||$199||$1500|
Pricing - In Person
|Time and Cost||Notes|
|4 courses/day||Introduction to HOMER counts as two courses|
|$3,000 for Day 1; $2,000 for additional days||Travel costs and travel time to your facility are additional|