About this course

Learn about the potential of community microgrids in this new short course.

Microgrid Institute Director Michael Burr provides a comprehensive introduction to how community microgrids work, what problems they can solve, and how market trends are driving microgrid development. Michael focuses on three key factors affecting community microgrid development: regulatory issues, business models; and financing options.

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Learning Objectives

  • Gain knowledge about how microgrids work and what needs they are designed to address.
  • Learn how market factors are driving microgrid deployment and causing evolution in technologies and designs.
  • Become familiar with key regulatory, business, and financing factors affecting microgrid development.
  • Clarify understanding of how to consider and plan local resilient energy projects.

Course outline

1 module • 4 assignments • 26 minutes of video lectures

Module 1 • 2 assignments
Resilient Community Microgrids: An Introduction

  • Resilient Community Microgrids: An Introduction (26:09 minutes)
  • Community Microgrid Control System (.png)


  • Michael Burr

    Director, Microgrid Institute
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    Michael T. Burr is Founder and Director of Microgrid Institute, and Founding Partner of Microgrid Finance Group LLC. He leads collaborative initiatives to accelerate adoption of advanced energy technologies. He has produced more than 20 volumes of energy industry journals, and led numerous workshops and authoritative research studies. From 2007 through 2014 he served as... Learn more

Frequently asked questions

How does this course work?
This is a free course. Enroll today and get access to all of the materials instantly. The lecture video and other materials are available any time.
How long do I have access to the materials?
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Is there a certificate of completion?
Certificates of completion are only provided to HeatSpring Membership subscribers. This course has not been approved by any credentialing organizations (NABCEP, AIA, USGBC etc) for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). This course is for self education purposes only and completion does not indicate a level of professional expertise or credential.
Can I register multiple people?
Yes, this is a free course so you can share this page with other people from your group.


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Ted Monhollon

Great presentation that focuses mostly on the financing issues required for microgrid projects. I would love to see another presentation from Mr. Burr that outlines the key design differences between microgrid and typical utility/community solar projects, as well as microgrid operation while islanding.

Ivan Prybylo


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