iconThe HOMER Energy Team

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.

Leadership


Operations

Analysis and Training


Software Development and IT


Peter Lilienthal

Peter Lilienthal, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer

Dr. 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

Marilyn Walker, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer, Director of Academic Relations

Dr. 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

Ed Sanders, Ph.D., Interim Chief Financial Officer and Consultant

Dr. 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

Howard Alt, Software Project Manager and Team Lead

Howard 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]

Jason Barton

Jason Barton, Director of Sales

Jason brings a broad background in sales, marketing, and customer satisfaction to the HOMER team. Jason has a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia on the economic and ecological implications of biofuels production. After a successful career teaching high school and building businesses in the alternative foods and recycled oil industries, Jason came to HOMER Energy ready to help take their message of affordable microgrids to the world. [top]

Erin Boeger, Intern, Rails Developer

After a successful career owning a chain of restaurants and serving in the US Army Special Forces as a communications and intelligence specialist, Erin decided to pursue degrees in Physics and Computer Science at the University of Colorado. HOMER Energy benefits from his deep experience in Ruby development and information technology. He is taking the lead on Ruby on Rails website development while he attends school. [top]

John Glassmire

John Glassmire, Analysis and Consulting

John Glassmire is a globally-minded engineer who has worked across a wide-range of infrastructure projects. He has interests in sustainable design, renewable energy, project management, and international development. John’s undergraduate background is in mechanical engineering. After earning his BS from Rice University and his Masters from Northwestern University, he worked for 2 years at Sargent & Lundy, a major energy design and consulting firm in the US. Subsequently, John worked as a consultant in energy and water infrastructure at the Institute for Sustainable Futures in Sydney, Australia. [top]

Janet Hale

Janet Hale, Accountant and Office Manager

Janet Hale serves as full service bookkeeper and office manager for HOMER Energy, as well as handling first-line customer support. Janet has worked in corporate accounting in a variety of industries. She earned a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Colorado at Denver. [top]


Tom Lambert

Tom Lambert, Software Development

Tom Lambert has contributed to the design, programming, documentation, and technical support of HOMER for 13 years, having written the original source code. He worked for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory before joining HOMER Energy, and is also the CEO of Mistaya Engineering. He has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta and an M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University. Tom is certified as a professional engineer in the province of Alberta, Canada. [top]

David Rinck

David Rinck, Renewable Energy Engineer/C++ Programmer

David Rinck develops the analytical tools and methods within HOMER’s modeling engine. A mechanical engineer and C++ programmer, David's research and professional experience in data analytics and controls ranges from projects in solar thermal concentration to critical care medical devices. He has a strong interest in renewable energy, micro-grids and their potential impact in the developing world. He received his Master's in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in energy systems at Columbia University, where he worked with the Earth Institute's Millennium Villages project. [top]

Michael Woods

Michael Woods, Interface Developer

Michael is responsible for the design and coding of HOMER Energy’s software and website interfaces. Michael combines a background in art and design with decades of experience coding interactive, rich user interfaces. Michael's background includs web development and design, Flash programming, graphic design, multimedia, software test engineer, and hardware test technician. He has a B.S. in Fine Art from Bradley University and an A.A.S. in Electronics Engineering Technology from Illinois Central College. [top]

Jonathan Awerbuch

Jonathan Awerbuch, Intern

Jonathan supports the software development team by maintaining the quality, accuracy, and documentation of new releases of the HOMER software. Jonathan received the A.B. in Engineering Sciences and the M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Dartmouth College in 2007 and 2009 respectively. He received the M.Eng. from Yale University in 2010. His fervent interest in the impending energy/environmental meta-crisis motivated publications and research including power electronic and ultracapacitor systems to improve electric vehicle efficiency, photovoltaic performance in the presence of output ripple and noise, and energy efficient electrothermal deicers, particularly for commercial wind turbines. [top]