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Resilient Community Microgrids: An Introduction - Self Study

Michael Burr • Last updated 02/2021

4.5/5 (view ratings)
518 students
1 module
26 minutes
4 assignments

Course description

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

Participants in this course will upon completion of this course, be able to:

  • 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.

Full course outline

Module 1 - Resilient Community Microgrids: An Introduction

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


Michael Burr

Director, Microgrid Institute

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


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518 students have taken this course

by Ted Monhollon 01/20/2023


by Ivan Prybylo 01/02/2023

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.

by Ibrahim Emmanuel Wali, Engineer , Living safe Nigeria limited 10/02/2022


by Doug Palmbach 08/26/2022

I am not familiar with micro grids, didn’t really understand what they were about, was interesting, and likened the economical aspect of the course as well as learning that micro grids are sturdy, makes me curious if we have any in my are.

by VISHAL VAISHNAV 01/17/2021


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