The core team that developed the HOMER software at NREL migrated along with the software code to HOMER Energy. In addition, the team adds new professionals with experience in renewable energy, software development, management, marketing, and entrepreneurial ventures.
Analysis and Training
Software Development and IT
Peter Lilienthal, Ph.D., Chief Executive OfficerDr. Peter Lilienthal is the original developer of the HOMER® software and founded HOMER Energy in 2009 to enhance and commercialize the software. He has a Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. Peter has been active in the field of renewable and distributed energy and energy efficiency since 1978. Before founding HOMER Energy, he was president of Green Island Power, which provided analytical services for renewable and distributed power projects. From 1990-2007 he was Senior Economist with the International Programs Office at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. His experience has included project development of distributed power projects, designing and teaching courses at the university level, and consulting to industry and regulators. His technical expertise is in utility modeling and the economic and financial analysis of renewable and distributed power projects. He was the lead analyst and one of the creators of NREL’s International and Village Power Programs. [top]
Marilyn Walker, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer, Director of Academic RelationsDr. Walker is a serial entrepreneur and experienced technologist. She started her career in academia, earning a Ph. D in Biology from the University of Colorado and publishing over 50 technical publications on modeling and environmental analysis. In the university setting, she raised over 12 million dollars to make her programs financially sustainable and gained valuable knowledge in the fields of software, databases, modeling, and analysis. After 20 years in academia, she became an entrepreneur by purchasing, managing, and selling a successful business, PlayFair Toys. She founded and built two e-commerce companies, and has led multiple international and multidisciplinary teams. Dr. Walker brings her unique, in-depth experience in environmental systems and business operations to her role as COO. [top]
Ed Sanders, Ph.D., Interim Chief Financial Officer and ConsultantDr. Ed Sanders has over thirty years experience in economic and financial analysis in private companies and the U.S. Government. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University and attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. His early career was in the President’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) where he rose from a Budget Examiner in the International Division to become the Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs, directing a staff of 65, which made funding recommendations to the President on all defense, intelligence and international programs. He then became Staff Director on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. After that he co-founded two international business consulting firms. While serving as President of Sanders International, he arranged most of the financing for a $60 million, 50 megawatt integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plant in India and has prepared business plans and investment proposals and recruited investors for numerous other smaller environmental and alternative energy projects. He is a founding partner in a 20-square-mile private nature preserve and ecotourism project in Belize and has taught the environmental finance course to Masters Degree students at the University of Denver. [top]
Howard Alt, Software Project Manager and Team LeadHoward Alt brings more than 20 years experience in software and systems to his position as the Software Project Manager at HOMER Energy. Over his career he has worked in businesses from startups to Fortune 500 as a software engineer, QA engineer, engineering manager, product manager, chief technologist, entrepreneur and CEO. [top]
Andy Kruse, VP for Business DevelopmentFor nearly 30 years Andy Kruse has been involved in international marketing, sales development of certification standards and public policy. As a co-founder of a Start-up clean-tech company in Arizona, he built Southwest Windpower into an internationally recognized brand within the clean energy industry which sold more than 180,000 wind generators worldwide. He has traveled to and worked directly with potential distributors in 72 countries. Later he joined Endurance Wind Power and established one of the first small wind leasing programs in the U.S. Most recently he worked as a consultant to a number of wind and solar companies in Europe where he has lived the last year.
Andy’s passion for international sales has been recognized numerous times by various agencies and trade associations over the years. He was awarded Exporter of the year by the US Export-Import Bank, the Small Business Administration and he received the President’s E award from the US Department of Commerce. The American Wind Energy Association also awarded him Small Wind Person of the Year in 2009. [top]