Microgrid Executive MBA Training


Length: 6 weeks

Instructor: Mahesh Bhave

Partner: RenewableEnergyWorld.com View all courses

Subjects: Energy Finance, Microgrid

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This is a comprehensive, data-driven business course on microgrid project development for professionals developed by Renewable Energy World and Dr. Mahesh Bhave. Students will learn to evaluate project economics of microgrid projects in a variety of markets using case studies, financial models, and templates. The course is self-paced over six weeks with unlimited opportunities to network with classmates and Dr. Bhave. Students will have access to all course videos, tools, and templates for a full year after the official end of the course.

Microgrids combine a variety of renewable energy technologies into one integrated solution that matches varying loads while taking into account how different locations offer different benefits. This course will cover all of these technologies, including: How to do this optimally, at lowest cost? For small systems of 1 MW or even less? This is the microgrid challenge we will cover in the course.
Includes Excel Templates for Project Modeling

Pro forma modeling for microgrids is a highly specialized skill. This course will provide the tools necessary to create a realistic and reliable model.

Limited Seating

RenewableEnergyWorld.com and Dr. Bhave are global thought leaders on microgrids. To maximize the impact of the course, this event is limited to fifty registrants.

Preferred Requirements:

Familiarity with Excel and PowerPoint (with an emphasis on communication, not bulleted lists). Organization of slide space to communicate briefly, succinctly, and comprehensively. Formulating assumptions, pro forma cash flow statements, and knowledge of DCF. Teams of students with complementary expertise may be formed during the course.

Note: This course is not a full Master's Degree in Business Administration

This course doesn't offer college credit toward a degree. Rather, it's an intense, targeted learning experience for professionals who need to build a very specific skill set.

Ayuda En Español

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Earn Continuing Education Credits

Approved for 18 GBCI credits (CE Hours for LEED Professionals)

Your Instructor


Mahesh Bhave

Visiting Professor, Indian Institute of Management

Mahesh Bhave is a Visiting Professor of Strategy at Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, India. He has worked in product management, strategy, and business development positions at Hughes, Sprint, and Citizens in the United States. He is the founder of a rich media communications start-up in San Diego, CA. He is an engineer from IIT, New Delhi and Ph.D. from...[more]

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Course Outline

WELCOME - Orientation Materials

This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. Expect to dedicate an average of 5 hours per week, but you can work ahead or catch up if you fall behind. Keep in mind that the instructor will be there to answer your questions and help you learn for the duration of the course. The instructor will only be available to answer questions during the posted session dates, so ask all your questions while we're in session. You will have access to all of the online materials for a full year. Contact Tom McCormack, your Student Advocate, if you have questions before or after the posted session dates. Please review the orientation materials and introduce yourself on the discussion board.

Week 1 - Context & Overview

The course begins with a discussion on where the electricity industry is headed and we'll make the case for microgrids.

Week 2 - Microgrids: The Design Challenge and Economic Feasibility

This week we'll define microgrids and explore entrepreneurial opportunities in Electricity 2.0. You'll be asked to calculate market size for microgrids.

Week 3 - MBA components: "Location-Markets," Entrepreneurial Opportunities, Industry Structure, and "What business are we in?"

In this session we'll discuss traditional microgrid applications on military bases, campuses, jails and hospitals. We'll take a global view of microgrids and discuss the challenges in rural parts of the world. We'll close by exploring how microgrids parallel dramatic changes in telecom.

Week 4 - Financial Modeling, and MBA components, continued

This week we'll use a pro forma cash flow template to graph revenue, costs, and break-even analysis using investment, service penetration, revenue, costs, and NPV. Our goal is to optimize project returns while meeting performance objectives and balance multiple generation sources.

Week 5 - MBA components, continued: Segmentation, Positioning, Dis-aggregation

In this last week before the Capstone Project, we'll discuss extensions of the Ansoff matrix as they relate to the electricity industry. My hypothesis: The electricity industry will fragment into distinct product-market-location segments. I'll attend the 2015 Global Microgrid Summit, Irvine, CA and share what I find. Last year, the conference almost exclusively focused on technology, pilots, trials, ... and generally on the US. There was little to no discussion about economics or project feasibility. Q. why are there so few microgrids below 1 MW?

Capstone Project - Microgrid Investment Proposal

Could you submit a 15-slide microgrid investment proposal, including pro forma financials? Built upon the Week 5 assignment? Capstone assignments can be completed individually or in groups. Granted this will take time. You may submit it even a month after the close of class, and we can post it to the class site.

After The Course - Feedback and Additional Resources

In this module, you'll provide feedback on the course and explore opportunities for further learning.

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