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  • Monday, November 06, 2017
  • Final 2017 On-site for ARENA Kicks Off in Iceland

The Arctic Remote Energy Network Academy (ARENA) participants from Alaska, Canada and Greenland have arrived in Reykjavik to start the final on-site meeting of the 2017 program. 

Geothermal energy plays a lead role in powering Iceland’s electric grid. It also heats greenhouses and thermal healing pools and can provide district heating between buildings. The nation has also established a robust hydroelectric power generation system, providing Iceland with a 100% renewable energy system. 

 The final on-site program is hosted at the United Nations University's Geothermal Training Program facility, which includes classroom instruction and visits to multiple locations in and around the Reykjavik area. 

The ARENA program has been endorsed by the Arctic Council's Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG), and is co-led by the United States, Canada, Finland, Iceland, Aleut International Association and Gwich’in Council International.

Photo: ARENA participants at The Perlan in Iceland. Photo by Amanda Byrd/ACEP