March 15, 2023, 1–2 p.m. ET


Level: Introductory

This webinar is the third in a series of four describing how to implement microgrids in the federal sector. It provides an overview of the microgrid conceptual design process.

Once a federal agency has developed a preliminary microgrid scope and plan, conceptual design can begin. Developing a microgrid conceptual design includes defining functionality; collecting detailed information about the site’s existing and future loads, generation and infrastructure; identifying preliminary modeling needs; and describing system integration.

The final webinar in this four-part series, Planning For Microgrid Implementation, will be held on March 29, 2023.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Categorize types of microgrids (island, grid connected)
  • Define functionality needs of microgrid (concept of operations)
  • Collect pertinent data (building loads, generation, controls,)
  • Recognize modeling needs
  • Describe distributed energy generation integration.


Chuck Kurnik has broad engineering experience in energy; remote power, communications, and instrumentation; and manufacturing. He manages the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's support of microgrid implementation at three U.S. Marine Corps bases. He also manages the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Uniform Methods Project and the DOE Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals. In addition, he served as the site operations manager for DOE's Solar Decathlon.

Bharat Solanki has nine years of experience working in microgrid research and deployment. He has worked on several microgrid projects from the concept level to complete operating microgrid systems. He was previously a microgrid technical lead for Siemens Canada.

About FEMP Training

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) provides live and on-demand training to foster and maintain a high-performance workforce that constructs, operates, and maintains energy-efficient and cost-effective federal facilities. Choose from over 120 free courses spanning topics like project financing, facility and fleet optimization, fleet management, resilience, sustainable product procurement, and more.

FEMP is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and awards IACET continuing education units (CEUs) upon the successful completion of select courses. FEMP training is provided through the National Institute of Building Sciences' Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) learning management system.