Seventeen individuals, all enthusiastic and aspiring renewable energy champions from across the Arctic, participated in a combination of instruction, coaching, peer networking, and visits to arctic locations operating energy systems that draw on local renewable resources.
Participants attended workshops in Canada (Yellowknife, N.W.T - March), U.S.A (Kotzebue and Fairbanks, Alaska - June) and Iceland (Reykjavik - November). Instructors, industry members, and community representatives interacted with the participants in all venues, providing the opportunity for a rich exchange of experience and ideas.
Each of the renewable energy champions selected to participate in the ARENA on-site program can put the skills, networks and insights they gained into projects that will benefit their communities, regions and countries.
Applicants from all backgrounds were encouraged to apply. The primary criterion was to be, or expect in the near future to be, involved in a community-scale renewable energy project or initiative.
Other requirements to apply for the on-site program included: