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Sabah, Malaysia | June 30-July 6, 2019


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Program Overview

​This six-day, field-based program in Malaysia is designed for students and young adults passionate about social change and making a positive impact in the area of sustainable energy and social entrepreneurship. Participants spend a week in a small, rural village in Sabah, Malaysia working with course instructors and interacting with the local community to gain practical skills in designing renewable energy systems that support and facilitate community development.

Topics and Content

You will learn skills and methods in energy system design, community participation, and social entrepreneurship that will introduce you to an exciting career in extending energy access and promoting sustainable human development. 

Specific topics include:

Renewable energy technologySolar, bio-energy, micro-hydro
Energy system design: Minigrids, modeling cost and performance
Community engagement: Participatory methods and tools
Creating organizations for social change: Organizational structures, business models,

case studies, innovation and social impact
Energy access design challenges: Design your own enterprise

Activities and Outcomes

Working in small teams, you will measure renewable energy resources, interact with local families to assess energy needs, utilize the latest software tools for energy system design, and present a sustainable energy business idea to a panel of experts.  

By the week’s end you will have a comprehensive picture of the knowledge and skills needed to develop an impactful energy access program. It’s also a great opportunity to meet like-minded peers, and perhaps even find partners to start a sustainable energy enterprise of your own.

Join us if you're interested to know:
How can access to modern energy services facilitate community development and improve people’s lives?
How should off-grid energy systems be designed to prioritize human development outcomes?
What organizational and business models are most effective?


​This workshop is targeted at upper-secondary school students, university students, and recent graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in energy access and community development, or simply want to learn more about this exciting field. 

You are not required to have a degree or experience in any particular discipline, as we will be creating a diverse group of participants from a variety of backgrounds. We only ask that you bring an excitement for community engagement and an enthusiasm to learn. 


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until May 31, 2019. The latest date for notification of selected participants will be June 7, 2019. 

Application timeline

May 31, 2019: Application forms will be accepted on a rolling basis until this date.
June 7, 2019: Final date for notification of selected participants. 
June 18, 2019: Admitted participants requested to submit travel itineraries to

​For further information or inquiries, email us at


**Please note that this schedule is subject to change, and will be updated continuously up to the program**


Dr. Scott Kennedy (Energy Action Partners)
Dr. Rusaslina Idrus (Universiti Malaya) 
YB Adrian Banie Lasimbang (TONIBUNG)

David Gibbs (Brick by Brick)
Ayu Abdullah (Energy Action Partners)

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