WISIONS of Sustainability

The main objective of WISIONS is to make clean energy a default solution for basic energy needs in developing regions, by helping local partners to identify successes and bring them to scale through regional networks, marketing and demonstration. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.

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SEPS Project: Small Wind Energy System in Odisha, India

News from WISIONS posted on July 29th, 2015

One of our SEPS projects, aiming to provide rural villages in the Kalahandi district of India with reliable energy produced by a small wind-hydro hybrid system, has been successfully concluded. Implementation partners were Practical Action and Gram Vikas.Read moreMinimize

Besides installing two wind-solar hybrid energy systems to demonstrate the technology as a reliable energy source in the region, a diverse range of capacity building and hands-on training activities has been carried out to ensure the long-term operation of the system. 

The energy produced by the wind-solar hybrid system is made available to the communities through a community charging station and a local electricity distribution line. Sixty households from two remote villages (Kamalaguda and Tijmali) are now having reliable access to electricity. They are provided with light and charging points for mobile phones and other electronic devices. A local energy management system as well as an operation and maintenance crew have been trained to ensure the sustainability of the system. 

Overall, the project successfully demonstrated the hybrid system as a viable option for rural electrification of remote areas in the Kalahandi District of Odisha, India, which are still not covered by the national grid. It is the first project of its kind in the region and as 25% of local villages are still lacking electricity, there is a huge replication potential.

Project progress: Watershed Development and Conservation in the Ulu Papar Rainforest, Malaysia

News from WISIONS posted on July 22nd, 2015

One of our SEPS projects, aiming to improve the socioeconomic and environmental well being of the villages of Pongobonon, Lokogungan and Kalangaan in Malaysia, is making progress while undergoing a few changes in the proposed activities.Read moreMinimize

The aim of this project is to provide three villages situated in a remote rainforest region of Malaysia with access to clean water, renewable electricity and income generation opportunities. 

Recently, it has been decided that instead of constructing three micro-hydro plants in Lokogungan, a smaller system using the concrete turbine technology from Sri Lanka will be developed. This is due to logistical difficulties in sourcing the turbine technology. The new pico-hydro system will power public buildings: the village school, church, and a community hall. It will also include charging stations, where village residents can charge lamps and cell phones for use in their homes. Additionally an on-site workshop will be held in Longkogungan, to train community members and practitioners in the concrete turbine process. 

The micro-hydro plant in Pongobonon is almost complete with the turbine currently undergoing testing. Local villagers are enjoying the benefits of lighting for the first time.

Construction in Kalangaan is nearly complete, with all major civil structures now finalised. However, transportation of pipes and cement have been very slow, and there are still pipes and several loads of cement that need to be transported to the site.

More information on this SEPS project is available on our project page: Integrating Watershed Development and Conservation in the Ancestral Forests of Ulu Papar

Upscaling Strategy: Biogas Systems in Guatemala

News from WISIONS posted on July 6th, 2015

Our partner organisation Alterna, which has been supported under the WISIONS SEPS scheme, successfully implemented 25 small scale biodigester systems in Guatemala from 2012 - 2013. During an upscaling phase in 2013 and 2014, Alterna aimed to develop effective business models and suitable financing mechanisms with selected NGOs to replicate the success of small scale biodigester systems within these organisations through sustainable self-financing schemes. Read moreMinimize

Below are some of the aspects that have been realised during the upscaling phase:

  • Alterna created an integrated communication plan to demonstrate to relevant stakeholders (i.e. potential NGOs, funders, local governments, etc.), which includes a biodigester outreach program in which Alterna participates in events and fairs, increasing its presence as an alternative energy option
  • As a result, new partner organisations to provide biodigesters to more users could be found (CEIPA, FEDEPMA, ACGJ, COPROLECHE, CHIVALAC)
  • Together with financing specialists, Alterna created upscaling and financing plans with the partner organisations by using insights gained from the initial project phase
  • Working plans with banks, microfinance institutions etc. have been prepared to finance biodigester expansion in Guatemala
  • By systemising information processes and accumulating know-how and lessons learned, Alterna has set up a detailed catalogue for designing the best suited technical, economic and financial solution for implementing a biodigester 
  • Since mid 2014, Alterna and Viogaz S.A., an organisation originally from Costa Rica, are forming a social venture and working as strategic allies. They are the first socially and environmentally responsible company specializing in biodigestion technology, biogas, and bioslurry in Guatemala
More information on this SEPS project is available on our SEPS project page: Biodigestion systems for small-scale ventures: Enhancing low-carbon food value chains

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