Keynote: Meeting the Challenges Of Cost-effective Energy Access

While significant progress has been made demonstrating the viability of microgrids in emerging economies during the past few years, the challenge at hand is to scale.   Reaching scale will require strong techno-economics, innovative business models, and supportive regulatory frameworks.  Odyssey is a new software platform designed to help current and future Homer users with each of these — through easy-to-use planning tools that link to Homer; a vendor marketplace to secure competitive quotes for systems, components, and energy-using equipment; and a finance marketplace to connect project developers with multiple sources and types of capital so microgrids don’t simply get conceived and designed — they get built.  Homer conference attendees will get a ‘sneak peak’ of how Odyssey helps deals between project developers, vendors, and financiers happen.