The post-YEA mentoring series was designed to steer the first stages towards developing and implementing the ideas of the Pico-Streamers team that leveraged their award of EUR 1000 during the YEA 2021, as sponsored by the Regional Programme Energy Security and Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS-RECAP). The mentoring series comprised of four sessions, each of 60 – 90 minutes convened once a week between 11 – 31 March 2022.
Session 1 was led by the Sustainable Energy Youth Network (SEYN) and the AIT RRC.AP on identifying the challenges hindering the progress of the implementation of their project idea and prioritizing, discussing possible solutions for the identified challenges, and hence designing an action plan. The exercise was undertaken using the design sprint process in the Miro Board. The second session focused on guiding the engineering aspects of the pico-hydro systems including the turbine installation and measuring turbine efficiency. Teams were also informed on different technical and socio-economic aspects to consider during their site visit for the information collection.
The session was delivered by Mr. Patrick Pawletko, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) on 19 March 2022. Similarly, the third session was organized on sustainable hydropower; experience sharing from the Mekong region on 24 March 2022. The session was led by Mr. Shoon So Oo, Regional Sustainable Energy Lead for the WWF Greater Mekong hosted by WWF Myanmar Office, and Ms. May Thida Muang, Programme Officer, Climate and Energy Programme, WWF, Myanmar, who is also an AIT Alumnus. The speakers shared their experience with renewable energy from Myanmar including solar energy applications, hydropower applications, and micro-hydro technical assessments in the community.
The session invited all the interested YEA alumni to join and listen to the experience of the WWF Myanmar team. Lastly, the final session was led by the Yunus team on 31 March 2022. The session was convened in the form of a discussion between the team and the experts. The main discussion points were avenues for raising funds for the project (such as forming a small cooperative), governance of the project, building trust with the community, developing a good business model for their project, and approaching suitable funders/donors.