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Youth Energy Academy

28 October - 3 November 2019

The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT-RRCAP) and the Sustainable Energy Youth Network (SEYN), with the support of the Regional Project Energy Security and Climate Change Asia-Pacific of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, are organizing the Youth Energy Academy that will place at the Asian Institute of Technology in Pathum Thani, Thailand, between 28 October and 3 November 2019.

Why a Youth Energy Academy?

Communities and cities in Asia are already experiencing the consequences of climate change. Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all needs a faster and more inclusive energy transition. With a growing population, higher energy demand and increasingly harsher climate change impacts, Asia needs to focus more on decentralized renewable energy (DRE) approaches.  DRE provides crosscutting benefits, including providing energy to the many millions of people that still lack access, especially in rural and inaccessible areas such as small islands, while also offering possibilities for community development.

The challenges, the scale of changes required, and the potential benefits of more citizen participation call for different forms of engagement from the individual to collective levels. The Youth Energy Academy explores these opportunities, highlighting the new role of the “prosumer” (producer + consumer), renewable energy community groups and cooperatives, entrepreneurship, and others, from practical perspective.

Young people have a crucial stake in the future. For their energy and creativity, there is great potential in involving young women and men in the energy transition, regardless of their background, educational or professional path. In efforts to address the gender gap in energy issues, we encourage young women to apply.

Where and when?

The Academy will take place in the campus of the Asian Institute of Technology, in Pathum Thani, Thailand (40km north of Bangkok), between 28 October and 3 November 2019.

What’s on?  

The 7-Day Youth Energy Academy will consist of:

- Theoretical morning sessions that aim to provide background on the social, technical, policy and financial considerations of decentralized renewable energy approaches, as outlined below:

Day 1           The Energy Trilemma

Climate Change, Energy Access, and Development

Day 2           Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE)

Technologies in addressing the Energy Trilemma


Day 3           People Power

The role of individuals & communities in DRE: Examples from Thailand and around the globe


Day 4           DRE on the ground

Field trip to a local DRE project


Day 5           Social Business

The role of social entrepreneurship models for renewable energy


Day 6          Mobilizing resources

Sources of funding for CRE and tips for drafting quality project proposals

Day 7           From idea to reality

Lessons learned from CRE Project Implementation: drivers & barriers for success   


- Practical Afternoon sessions throughout the week will be dedicated to hands-on workshops where participants can build simple solar energy systems to be shared with nearby communities.

- Informal evening sessions will provide an additional learning opportunity to learn through interaction in a social and informal atmosphere.



The Academy will use participative, non-formal, and empowering methods aiming to boost creativity and inspire action. The cases and examples showed will come from knowledgeable, like-minded people, while also being realistic by illustrating the many challenges that are inherent to all projects.

The morning sessions will use interactive presentations, group discussions, case studies and a field trip to show a real-life community energy project. Afternoon workshops will give participants the opportunity to build their own solar energy systems using "Do-it-Yourself" (DIY) and "Do-it-Together" (DIT) approaches, appropriate technology and open source available designs, while evenings will create a space for debating and networking with practitioners and experts, working informally in groups, or watching documentary films on relevant topics.

Who will attend?

A diverse group of around 20 young male and female participants, from countries in South and Southeast Asia*, who can demonstrate passion and commitment to advance renewable energy, sustainability, community development, entrepreneurship, climate action, or related topics. Participants should be active or planning to take an active role in advancing sustainability in their communities.


Full scholarships will cover the costs of travel, shared on-campus accommodation**, food, materials, and training and activities for selected participants. 

* Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam and Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Philippines, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.

Application Process

Applications for the 1st Youth Energy Academy have closed with around 800 applicants. 


For more information on the application process please read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Selected participants can find out more here.

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  • Youth from which countries are eligible to apply for the Youth Energy Academy 2022?
    This year, YEA is welcoming applications by youth who are nationals of South or Southeast Asia and reside in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam.
  • Is there a fee for the YEA?
    No. If selected, the YEA will cover travel, accommodation and lodging, and training materials for the duration of the programme.
  • I am national of one of the countries listed above, but I do not live there. Can I still apply for a full scholarship?"
    Travel expenses to/from Thailand for participants outside of Southeast Asia will not be covered by YEA. Priority will be given to candidates currently residing in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and VietNam. However, the selection panel will also consider other aspects mentioned in the application form, including the potential to apply the skills acquired in a local community.
  • I am the focal person for my team. What do I need to do?
    The focal person will be the point of contact between the YEA organizers and your team before and during the YEA. Focal persons are usually responsible to ensuring that the team application is completed and submitted. We encourage all team members to work collaboratively.
  • I am a student at AIT. Can I apply?
    Yes; we encourage current AIT students to apply to YEA! While a regional programme, YEA aims to engage AIT students, faculty, and alumni, and other community members.
  • I have no experience with renewable energy and I don’t even know exactly how electricity works. Can I still apply?
    Absolutely! YEA aims to be as inclusive as possible, and requires no prior knowledge or experience in the subjects covered. If selected, you just need to bring an interest to learn and participate actively in all sessions.
  • I have studied energy and have previous knowledge about electricity. Is this course still relevant for me?
    Yes! The approach used in the YEA is quite different from traditional academic courses. Previous YEA participants with energy and/or engineering backgrounds report finding the sessions interesting and useful. The uniqueness of the YEA lies in the diversity and richness brought by participants.
  • What’s included in the scholarship?
    The YEA will cover all training-related costs including materials, travel, on-campus accommodation in shared double rooms, and meals are covered. Accommodation will not be included for selected participants that are currently enrolled and residing in AIT or Pathum Thani. The YEA does not cover any visa, insurance, or other health-related expenses, including those related to covid-19 (i.e., tests, medical certificates, insurance, hospitalization, medication, etc.).
  • What topics will be covered at the YEA?
    Following a balanced ratio of theoretical and practical sessions, YEA will cover a variety of topics related to the renewable energy transition and the role of decentralized and community-driven solutions. Sessions include solar technologies and applications, renewable energy policy considerations, community-based initiatives and models, social entrepreneurship, project financing, an introduction to electricity and energy systems, solar system design, among others. YEA is tailored to a Southeast Asian context, while focusing on many aspects related to the renewable energy transition and the role of decentralized renewable energy, its role in climate mitigation, and mostly its positive impacts in community development and resilience.
  • When and how will the selected participants be notified?
    Selected teams for the YEA 2022 will be notified in September via email. Please refrain from spontaneously contacting the organizers about the status of applications.
  • What do I need to keep in mind regarding travel requirements to and from Thailand in light of COVID-19?
    As of July 1, 2022, Thailand only requires a certificate of vaccination or an RT-PCR / Professional ATK COVID-19 test result issued within 72 hours before departure in order to enter the country. For the latest updates, visit Selected participants travelling to from other Southeast Asian countries are strongly encourage to keep in mind any requirements to reenter after visiting Thailand.
  • I cannot find an answer to my question; who should I contact?
    Please email us You may also contact the Climate Change team at AIT-RRC.AP: +66 02 516 2124
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