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Microgrid Feasibility Studies to Protect Investments

An inside look at why it’s so important to perform a thorough feasibility study early in the development process

This webinar was originally held on May 22, 2024 and is now available for on demand viewing.

Duration: 1 Hour


The demand for microgrids is rising due to increasing weather events impacting our aging grid and the cost savings possible through resilient, closed local systems. Microgrids, by their nature, have mission-critical resiliency and financial goals. Designing and implementing these systems to perform as intended is a complex affair.

A thorough planning stage is essential to ensure project goals are met, while providing the roadmap for successful electrical design and implementation stages. Join Ryan Mayfield as we explore how feasibility studies protect your microgrid investment, eliminating uncertainty and risk while often providing net value savings. If you are a stakeholder involved in defining the electrical, economic, and performance specifications during the preliminary stages of microgrid development, you don’t want to miss this informative session.

Attendees will come away from this webinar with many key takeaways, including:

  • Why feasibility studies are a critical first step.
  • How modeling is an iterative process that requires model updates.
  • What defines a "microgrid."
  • Key steps in planning a microgrid project.
  • What's involved in the microgrid feasibility study process.
  • Inputs and outputs for microgrid modeling.
  • Benefits of performing a thorough feasibility study early in the development process.
  • Risks of not performing feasibility work or proper planning for microgrids.


Ryan Mayfield
Mayfield Renewables

Ryan Mayfield discovered his passion for renewable energy early in his college career at Humboldt State while pursuing his degree in Environmental Resources Engineering. Ryan was exposed to the exciting possibilities of solar power and his desire to learn more and be involved in the solar industry only grew as he continued his studies. Once he got his hands on an actual PV installation during a class with Solar Energy International, Ryan knew exactly how he wanted to spend his working days. Early in his career he worked as an installer, provided technical support for a renewable energy retailer, and moved up to Engineering Manager at a national renewable energy wholesale distributor.

Ryan has been working in the renewable energy field since 1999 and founded Mayfield Renewables in 2007. His career has blended technical expertise with an affinity for technical writing and education. While serving as CEO at Mayfield Renewables, Ryan was also the PV Systems Technical Editor for SolarPro Magazine from 2010 to 2018, where he regularly wrote feature articles and was a regular contributor to Home Power magazine. He is also the author of PV Design and Installation for Dummies (published in 2010) and teaches nationwide PV courses on topics such as: National Electrical Code, Oregon Solar Code and PV systems, commercial PV systems, and PV + Storage. Ryan holds a Limited Renewable Energy Technician (LRT) license in Oregon.

Ryan lives in Corvallis, Oregon with his wife, three children, and one dog. He enjoys spending quality time with his family, competing in triathlons, traveling, and a good scotch.

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