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. 


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The Youth Energy Academy aims to build on and improve the first edition by increasing the implementation potential of projects and foster replicability across the region. More specifically the Virtual YEA aims to:
1.  Raise awareness about the need to shift to DRE approaches and the role of citizens in this transition.
2. Promote the involvement of young people in DRE by sharing inspiring stories and projects led by other young people.
3. Equip young people with the hard and soft skills and tools to design, organize and build small scale sustainable energy projects.
4. Foster leadership, entrepreneurship and a “can-do” attitude, by encouraging young people to develop and apply skills in developing projects in their communities.
5.  Increase potential of project idea implementation after the Academy.
6.  Promote the replication and ripple effect across the region by equipping YEA alumni to train other people in small scale, decentralized renewable energy approaches.


Date and Format

The V-YEA will take place virtually between 28 September and 4 October 2020 via Zoom calls, and a series of exercises supported by instructional videos, virtual tours, peer and remote mentoring, and other digital means. We are also planning some interesting options to encourage team dynamics and the irreplaceable human contact.

The Approach


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


The theoretical sessions over Zoom will use interactive presentations, case studies, group discussions and exercises, where teams will work simultaneously with the support of facilitators and trainers.


The practical sessions will give participants the opportunity to build their own simple energy systems using "Do-it-Yourself" (DIY) and "Do-it-Together" (DIT) approaches, appropriate technology and open source available designs. Teams will rely on the remote guidance of experienced SEYN trainers and whenever possible on in-person support of YEA mentors in their respective countries.


The virtual tours aim to serve a proxy for field visits in order for participants to gain insights on renewable energy technologies and real-life examples of technology applications in communities. 


The Programme


The  7 - day virtual academy will include theoretical sessions with key experts, practical sessions including basic DIY workshops by trainers (video recordings and live sessions), group work on various topics covered in the theoretical sessions, exercises and feedback from trainers and experts and guided virtual tours, to sites showcasing decentralised renewable energy technologies and applications in Thailand.

Virtual YEA

28 September - 4 October 2020


Zoom Sessions


V-YEA: Theoretical Session

Meeting ID: 988 1484 3511
Passcode: VYEA2020


Our Team and Speakers


Alex Filippidis

Sustainable Energy Youth Network

Katherina Anastasiadis 

Sustainable Energy Youth Network

Susana Guerreiro



Jonathan Brenes


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Prof. Joyashree Roy

AIT Dept. of Energy, Environment, & Climate Change

Prof. Sivanappan Kumar

AIT Dept. of Energy Environment, and Climate Change


Brahmanand Mohanty

Clean Energy and Energy Conservation


Patrick Pawletko

GIZ Myanmar


Jennifer Louie

Impact Investor

Lyan Villacorta
C40 Cities Climate Finance Facility


Callum Mackenzie
Yunus Centre Thailand


Faiz Shah

Yunus Centre AIT

Pathit Ongvasit

Yunus Center Thailand

Asmita Poudel


Natanat (Ping)  Sittichaiyakarn


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