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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Sustainable energy system transformation in Morocco

News from WISIONS posted on November 25th, 2014

The WISIONS team participated in a workshop discussing the current and future state of renewable energy in Morocco. It took place in Rabat on 26 October 2014. Read moreMinimize

With regard to its energy system, the socio-economic development and climate change, Morocco faces immense challenges which are correlated to each other. Around 95 percent of the country’s energy supply is currently based on fossil fuel imports that burden the national budget as well as the energy security of the country. 

However, for sustainable socio-economic development, a stable and affordable energy supply is necessary. With the Moroccan Solar Plan the government has established the first step for a transition to a more sustainable system in the country. Part of this program is a 160 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in Ouarzazate which opens development and income opportunities to the local population. Meanwhile, critical aspects of the large-scale power plant like land and water consumption have to be considered carefully. 

The project is developed by the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) which has established a social development programme for the area of Ouarzazate. As part of a common workshop, developed strategies as well as the implementation of these measures have been discussed, including potential critical aspects for the local population in order to guarantee a sustainable implementation of future CSP projects. The WISIONS team participated in this workshop.

Micro Hydro Power in Nepal

News from WISIONS posted on November 17th, 2014

One of our recent SEPS projects in Nepal, which aims to demonstrate the optimum utilisation and sustainability of micro hydro plants, is already making progress. Poor electricity access is identified as one of the most hindering factors for the rural population in Nepal and Orissa State in India. Decentralised energy services like micro hydro power plants (MHPs) could be the immediate solution for increasing energy access in remote locations. Read moreMinimize

As a first step, two project inception meetings in India and Nepal were organised in order to launch the project. Local experts, stakeholders, villagers and media attendees gathered to gain knowledge of the scheduled course of action. Subsequently, the project staff visited several potential project sites and eventually selected three in Nepal (Nishi VDC, Baglung; Bachha VDC, Baglung and Boharagaun VDC, Baglung) and two in India (Koraput district, Odisha and Vishakapatanam district, Andra Pardesh).

In order to collect information on electricity supply of local households and the performance of existing micro hydro plants, different suveys were undertaken. During "Participatory Market System Development" workshops at all five project sites, stakeholders learned how to identify obstacles and take advantage of potential opportunites to improve market conditions for everyone.

Find out more about this SEPS project on our project page

SEPS Exchange: "Renewable Energy Practice-to-Policy Dialogue" in Yangon, Myanmar

News from WISIONS posted on November 10th, 2014

The workshop "Micro hydro and decentralized renewable energy for Myanmar" will take place from 24 - 28 November 2014 in Yangon, Myanmar. The event is part of one of our SEPS exchange activitives and will be hosted by the Renewable Energy Association of Myanmar (REAM) and the Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNet).Read moreMinimize

Historically, Myanmar’s rural electrification efforts have not emphasized micro hydro or other types of decentralized energy generation as a key solution. When properly executed though, micro-hydropower is a cost-effective renewable energy resource that builds the capacity and leverages the participation of local communities to sustainably address their own energy needs.

This workshops seeks to inspire Myanmar’s policymakers, small power producers and rural development actors to take a closer look at proven decentralized renewable energy (DRE) strategies in the region, as they initiate their own energy planning processes. The workshop will give Myanmar’s decision-makers and key stakeholders an opportunity to interface with the key actors of successful micro hydro programs in Indonesia, Nepal and Sri Lanka, in order to strategize a way forward for small power producers in Myanmar using DRE, especially community-scale micro-hydropower.

For more information on this SEPS exchange activity, please follow this link. To find out more about the Hydro Empowerment Network, please click here

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