Introduction to Microgrids


Online Short Course

The “Introduction to Microgrids” online short course is designed to introduce PV designers and installers to microgrids, which are increasingly recognised and valued by network providers and policy makers. It covers the operation and mechanics of a microgrid, identifies some of the regulatory implications, and proposes practical pathways to microgrid implementation for renewable energy industry participants.

The course content touches upon various subjects including:

  • What is a microgrid – definition, components (including monitoring and communications), different classifications
  • The role of microgrids – electricity network, how microgrids can be incorporated into the electricity network, what the benefits of having microgrids are
  • Implementation – When to use microgrids versus Stand Alone Power Systems (SAPS) versus Virtual Power Plants (VPPs) versus embedded networks, which standards to follow, application process case studies

The course equips the audience with a strong understanding of microgrids and associated technologies. It aims to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to be part of projects that include the design and management of microgrids which can improve energy access, resilience, and sustainability in communities and industries around the world.

The course is relevant for installers, engineers, project developers, homeowners, site managers, and other non-technical people connected with the industry who would want to acquaint themselves with operation, mechanics, and regulatory framework of microgrids.

This course is eligible for 30 core CPD points with the Solar Accreditation Australia (SAA), valid until 30 July 2024, and 2 hours professional development with Engineers Australia.


This course has no prerequisites.

Course Outline

This interactive online course provides a structured approach to understanding the operations and characteristics of microgrids. By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Define microgrids and understand the components, applications and classifications of microgrids
  • Understand the role of microgrids in various electricity networks
  • Explain the benefits and drawbacks of microgrids in different scenarios, and identify situations in which microgrids are the best option
  • Understand the various uses of microgrids including load control, demand management, grid stability, and bushfire resilience
  • Identify the regulatory framework relevant to microgrids including jurisdictional approvals, standards and electricity network requirements and restrictions
Training Outcome

Students will receive a GSES certificate of completion stating they have completed the ‘Introduction to Microgrids’ Course.

This course is eligible for 30 core CPD points with the Solar Accreditation Australia (SAA), valid until 30 July 2024, and 2 hours professional development with Engineers Australia.

Materials and Equipment

A computer, laptop, table, or phone with reliable internet access.

Delivery Method and Duration

Delivery Method

Delivery is online comprising of book content, with a short quiz at the end of each topic. Tutor support is available if required.


This online course is self-paced. We estimate it may take approximately 2 hours to complete, however this can vary. Course access is valid for 12 months.

Cancellation and Refunds

A full refund is available within 14 days of purchase, on the condition that the student/s have not yet logged into the student portal. Due to the online nature of the course, no refunds are possible once the course has been accessed on the student portal.

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