Applications open for remote energy academy

UAF’s Arctic Remote Energy Networks Academy is a unique circumpolar knowledge-sharing program focusing on isolated power systems integration.

Members of the 2017 ARENA group visited the northern community of Colville Lake, Northwest Territories, Canada. Photo by Artless Collective.

Applications for the 2020 academy are due Feb. 15. Participants will travel to Nunavut, Canada;Alaska; and Iceland this summer. The ARENA program is designed for current and emerging leaders involved in community-scale renewable energy projects or initiatives.

The program is held in partnership with Canada, Gwich’in Council International, the United States and Iceland. It’s endorsed by the Sustainable Development Working Group of the Arctic Council.

Combining visits to communities and participant knowledge exchanges with presentations and laboratory demonstrations, ARENA connects current and emerging energy professionals with hands-on learning experiences, mentors and project development leaders from throughout the circumpolar North.

To learn more about the program and applicant eligibility, or to see highlights from the 2017 pilot program, please visit the ARENA website or email Carolyn Loeffler at