An overview of the 2017 ARENA On-site Program

  • The goal of the on-site program is to help its participants identify, and equip them to pursue, approaches for improving their region's energy systems in ways that are locally appropriate, affordable and practical.
  • Approximately twenty individuals, all enthusiastic and aspiring renewable energy champions from across the Arctic, will be selected to participate in a combination of instruction, coaching, peer networking, and visits to arctic locations operating energy systems that draw on local renewable resources.
  • In 2017, all of the participants will attend three distinct but interconnected week-long workshops in Canada (Yellowknife, N.W.T - March), U.S.A (Kodiak and Fairbanks, Alaska - June) and Iceland (Reykjavik - October). Instructors, industry members, and community representatives will interact with the participants in all venues, providing the opportunity for a rich exchange of experience and ideas.
  • And, the participants will interact with one another, the instructors, and coaches via telephone, email and web-meetings before and after each workshop.
  • Thanks to the generosity of our collaborating partners, the program, at no cost to the participants, will cover all in-country travel, living and meeting expenses.

Why participate in the ARENA on-site program?

Each of the renewable energy champions selected to participate in the ARENA on-site program can look forward to putting the skills, networks, and insights they gain into projects that will benefit their communities, regions and countries.

Each on-site program participant will:

  • Access a global network of professional colleagues
  • Gain insights from others in similar occupations and settings across the circumpolar north
  • Become part of a venue for sharing personal and community knowledge and skills
  • Benefit from resources that enhance quality of life and protect local subsistence

Who qualifies as an ARENA on-site program participant?

Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The primary criterion is to be, or expect in the near future to be, involved in a community-scale renewable energy project or initiative.

Other minimum requirements to apply for the on-site program are:

  • Familiarity with energy systems
  • Good English language communication skills
  • Ability to influence future energy projects in home country, region or community

Are you, or is someone you know, a good candidate for the ARENA on-site program?

Here is a checklist to see if the on-site program is a good fit:

  • Current or aspiring leader in renewable energy development?
  • Motivated and enthusiastic?
  • Committed to sustainable development?
  • Interested to engage, or already have engaged, your community in renewable energy projects?

Please note that the application period for the 2017 ARENA Program has ended. Please contact the ARENA Team at for more information or any questions you may have about ARENA.